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Cetyl-Stearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol which is derived from a fat source. It
does not behave like a 'real alcohol' like ethanol and is not drying to
the skin. Fatty alcohols are derived from coconut oil and palm oil.
Cetyl alcohol is made by heating coconut oil with a strong base like
Sodium hydroxide (Lye). This process is the same process used to make
soap (saponification). The differences between cetyl, stearyl and
cetostearyl alcohol Cetyl and Stearyl alcohol are very little. Stearyl
alcohol is a slightly longer version of cetyl alcohol having two
additional carbons (Cetyl has 16 carbons while Stearyl has 18).
Cetostearyl alcohol is simply a combination of cetyl and stearyl
Also know as Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetostearyl Alcohol. This is a
white, waxy solid in flake form. It is used in ointments, creams,
conditioners and lotions as a mild vegetable emulsifier, skin softener,
conditioner and thickener. It is a fatty acid chain derived from palm
oil to which an alcohol has been added.
It is a very effective thickener that helps form extremely stable
emulsions in water-in-oil (full moisturizer) and oil-in-water (oil-free
Cetyl-Stearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohols which are produced from
saturated fats in nuts and plants. The word alcohol usually brings to
mind rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol, both are very drying on the skin.
Unlike alcohol, Cetyl-Stearyl Alcohol is a very effective moisturizer,
emollient and thickening agent.
Recommended usage: 1.5% to 5.5% of lotion or cream recipe.May be used in conjunction with emulsifying wax.
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