Cetostearyl alcohol acts as a consistency building agent thus increasing the viscosity of the system. It is usually present in the oil phase in high concentration. Also functions as a co-emulsifier.
|Typical use level|
IID level for topical route is 12% w/w. As a non-aqueous base for lotions, it can be evaluated up to 5 - 6% w/w.
|Benefits / Claims|
In combination with surfactants, Cetostearyl alcohol forms emulsions with very complex microstructures, which can include liquid crystals, lamellar structures, and gel phases. Also functions as a viscosifier