Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol (also known as cetostearyl alcohol and cetylstearyl alcohol) is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that we can use at up to 25% in our creations. It’s an emollient, meaning it will confer moisturizing to your skin, and it can be used in conjunction with a low HLB emulsifier to create an emulsification system (the HLB is 15.5). It’s often part of what we call emulsifying wax NF (INCI: Cetearyl alcohol and polysorbate 60, which are both high HLB emulsifiers, so it’s a curious combination indeed!)

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