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  • Chemical Synonym(s): (C16-C18) Alkyl alcohol ethoxylate;AliphaticC16-18-alcohol,ethoxylated;C16-18-Alkylalcohol,ethoxylate;C16-18-Alkylalcoholethoxylate;cremophor¨a25;ethoxylatedfattyalcohols(c16-18);CETEARETH-2;CETEARETH-3
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  • CAS Number: 68439-49-6
  • Chemical Formula:



H2O: 1 g/10 mL, clear, colorless
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Ceteareth-6 is a chemical compound and also a member of the class known as nonionic surfactants. It is made up of Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol and PEG16.

The main purpose of producing this product was to create a compound with an even higher HLB value than Ceteareth-4, which made It is also used to help prevent water from separating from the other ingredients in these products.

It is much easier to be mixed in water. This product has been used to produce detergents that are more effective at removing grease stains from clothes. It is produced by reacting ethylene oxide with an alcohol called cetyl alcohol.

The reaction releases Ceteareth-6 and gives the resulting product a creamy and waxy feel.


Ceteareth-6 is used as a foaming agent in cosmetics, an emulsifying agent for cosmetic creams, as an antistatic agent; as emollient; as the binding agent for creams; as ointment base; as skin protectant; as a thickening agent; as skincare ingredient; as cream; as a hair conditioner.

Ceteareth-6 is a conditioner and emulsifier. It is an emulsifier that allows oily and water-based ingredients to mix.

It is used in the production of cosmetics, toiletries and pharmaceuticals. The most common and main use of this product is in the formulation of shampoos, conditioners and shower gels.

It is often used in combination with other similar materials such as cetyl alcohol and Ceteareth-25.

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