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Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol

Irritancy: 1
Comedogenicity: 2

Official CosIng Information


An extremely common multitasker ingredient that gives your skin a nice soft feel (emollient) and gives body to creams and lotions. It also helps to stabilize oil-water mixes (emulsions), though it does not function as an emulsifier in itself. Its typical use level in most cream type formulas is 2-3%.  

It’s a so-called fatty alcohol, a mix of cetyl and stearyl alcohol, other two emollient fatty alcohols.  Though chemically speaking, it is alcohol (as in, it has an -OH group in its molecule), its properties are totally different from the properties of low molecular weight or drying alcohols such as denat. alcohol. Fatty alcohols have a long oil-soluble (and thus emollient) tail part that makes them absolutely non-drying and non-irritating and are totally ok for the skin.

Products with Cetearyl Alcohol

Accufix Cosmetics Butter But Better Cleansing Balm Lush Big Solid Conditioner Savlon Antiseptic Cream (Sainsburys) Source of Nature Night Cream White Tea & Avocado A'KIN Calming Body Cream A'KIN Oil Control Intensive Sebum Controller A'KIN Replenishing Body Cream ABeauty Subasio Detox Mask ABeauty Subasio Mineralizing Detox Peeling ARGENTUM La Potion Infinie Anti-Age Cream ARGENTUM Le Savon Lune AXE Conditioning Cream Acure Brightening Day Cream Acure Daily Workout Watermelon & Blood Orange Conditioner Acure Juice Cleanse Supergreens & Adaptogens Conditioner Acure Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream Acure Ultra Hydrating 12 Hour Facial Moisturizer Acure Ultra Hydrating Conditioner, Argan Oil & Pumpkin Advanced Clinicals Callus, Rough Spot Cream Advanced Clinicals Hyaluronic Acid Cream Advanced Clinicals Vitamin C Cream Aesop Classic Conditioner Aesop Colour Protection Conditioner Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream African extracts Rooibos Nourishing Night Cream Alfaparf The Salone Milano Memorable Mask All about curls Bouncy Cream Alterna My Hair My Canvas Me Time Everyday Conditioner AlumierMD Retinol Eye Gel Ameliorate Smoothing Conditioner Amor Luminis Lola Conditioner Bar Apivita Bee Radiant Age Defense Illuminating Cream (Light Texture) Apoteket Familjens Balsam As I Am Cleansing Pudding As I Am Leave-In Conditioner Aslavital Crema Antirid Antipoluare Australis The Original Primer Aved Cherry Almond Softening Leave-In Conditioner Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturising Masque Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion Avene Retrinal Eyes Aya Natural Skin Calming Cream Aya Natural Skin Reviving Cream BIOSILK Silk Therapy 17 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner