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Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetearyl Alcohol

What: Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols found in plants, like Coconut and Palm oils (Wiki).

Cetearyl Alcohol is used in cosmetics as a stabilizer to thicken an emulsion and keep it from separating, and as a foaming agent. Cetearyl Alcohol also contains emollient properties which leave skin soft and smooth.

Origin: Cetearyl Alcohol is made by combining fatty alcohols from such vegetable sources as coconut fatty alcohol.

Products Found In: facial creams and lotions, body creams and lotions, hair conditioners, ointments, body butters, salt scrubs.

Alternate Names: Cetostearyl alcohol, cetylstearyl alcohol.

Toxicity: Cetearyl Alcohol is generally classified as being of no to low hazard or toxicity (EWG).