Know Your Ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol

by Gio

cetearyl alcohol

What it is
Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol that can be derived synthetically or from coconut oil.

What it does
Cetearyl Alcohol is an emollient: it makes skin soft and smooth.
It is also used as an emulsifier to prevent the oil and liquid parts of a product from separating, and as a thickener, to change the consistency of liquid products.

Side effects
Cetearyl Alcohol is generally considered to be safe.


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Mary Mason Currie July 30, 2012 - 3:08 am

I’m trying to create a product that uses bioenzymes and essential oils.

Is there a type pf emulsifier that you might recommend????

Thank you for any info. that you’re willing to share,

Mary Currie

beautifulwithbrains July 30, 2012 - 6:07 am

Mary, Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Polysorbate-20 would both be good choices. Hope this helps.

Mary Mason Currie July 30, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Thanks. I’ll give it a try!!

beautifulwithbrains July 30, 2012 - 6:23 pm

Mary, you’re welcome.


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