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Oleyl alcohol

(Z)- 9- Octadecen-1-ol

Oleyl alcohol
Oleyl alcohol is a mixture of unsaturated and saturated long-chain fatty alcohols mainly made up of oleyl alcohol and elaidyl alcohol. Being oily in nature, Oleyl alcohol might form an occlusive film on the skin and increase hydration. It can thus be used as a penetration enhancer in topical formulations
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Oleyl alcohol
Oleyl alcohol
Primary function
Penetration enhancer
Typical use level
Listed in IID. As a penetration enhancer for creams, it can evaluated in the up to 10% w/w
Physical data

  • Appearance: Colourless or light yellow oily liquid

Benefits / Claims
Being oily, it imparts emollience and occlusivity to the formulation
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