Cetearyl Alcohol

Basic Info:

  • Chemical Synonym(s): Cetyl/stearyl alcohol; 2DMT128M1S; C16-18 Alcohols; (C16-C18) Alkyl alcohol; Fatty alcohols
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  • CAS Number: 8005-44-5
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Soluble in ethanol (95%), ether, and oil; practically insoluble in wate
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Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols derived from natural fats and oils. It is a mixture of alcohol and unsaturated fatty acids.

It can be prepared by reacting stearyl alcohol with ethylene oxide. The name Cetearyl Alcohol is derived from Ceteareth, which is a combination of Cetyl and Ethanol.

It is a mixture of fatty alcohol derived from natural sources such as coconut oil, palm oil and olive oil. It is made from the reaction of fatty alcohols with ethylene oxide in the presence of a strong base.

It is used to give a sensory improvement in formulation, especially in emulsion-type formulations. It prevents the product from separating and forming layers.


Cetearyl Alcohol is a thick yet non-greasy emollient that is a common ingredient in various skincare products.

It is an emulsifying wax that is used in making lotions and creams. It's a fairly common ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products, especially water-soluble or oil soluble.

It is also used in toothpaste and other cosmetic products. Cetearyl Alcohol is used in cosmetics as an emulsifying agent, emollient, and lubricant. It is used in combination with water as an emulsifier in creams, lotions, and gels.

It is used as a solubilizing agent in cosmetic products. It gives a smooth texture and greater stability to the lotions and creams.

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