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Cetyl alcohol

Hexadecan-1-ol

Cetyl alcohol
Cetyl alcohol is a mixture of solid aliphatic alcohols comprising mainly of a 16 carbon straight chain alcohol. In lotions, creams, and ointments, it acts as a consistency modifier or bodying agent. It also acts as a weak water-in-oil emulsifier and can be part of a mixed emulsifier system.
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Cetyl alcohol
Cetyl alcohol
Primary function
Non-aqueous base
Typical use level
As a non-aqueous base, it can be used up to 10% w/w
Physical data

  • Appearance: Waxy white flakes, pellets
  • RHLB: 15.5

Benefits / Claims
Weak emulsifier, viscosity builder and emollience
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