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Cetyl palmitate

Hexadecyl hexadecanoate

Cetyl palmitate
Cetyl palmitate is used as a consistency agent for topical products.
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Cetyl palmitate
Cetyl palmitate
Primary function
Consistency agent
Typical use level
Can be evaluated from 3 to 5%
Physical data

  • Appearance: White or almost white flakes, plates or powder
  • Melting point: 45 - 52°C (Ph. Eur), 46 - 53°C (USP)
  • Synonym: Cetyl esters wax
  • It consists of esters of cetyl alcohol and saturated high molecular weight fatty acids, like lauric, myristic and predominantly, palmitic acid

Benefits / Claims
Cetyl palmitate can additionally be used as an emollient for topical products.
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