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Cetearyl Alcohol

*Also Called: Cetostearyl Alochol (found in "alcohol-free" products)

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Emulsion Stabilization, Foam Boosting, Opacifying

Ingredient Analysis

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Cetearyl Alcohol

What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how Organna CBD uses this ingredient to compliment our product offerings.

in simple terms,

Cetearyl alcohol is used to help soften the skin and hair and to thicken and stabilize cosmetic products, like lotions and hair products.

How safe is 

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol rated a 1 out of 10. This ingredient is considered low hazard and SAFE! Organna CBD only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. It can be emanated naturally, as in coconut fatty alcohol, or produced synthetically. Unlike the skin-irritating/dehydrating types of alcohol (generally listed as SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol), Cetearyl alcohol is an emollient that is delicate, safe, and good for the skin.

Beyond Cetearyl alcohol’s emollient ability to deliver a softening and smoothing outcome, it is also a carrying mechanism for other ingredients. Additionally, it can be used to modify the consistency of a formula or to influence the foaming ability of a cleanser. It is often blended with similar-feeling ingredients to form a product’s consistency and slip sensation when used on the skin.

According to the US FDA, cosmetic products labeled “alcohol-free” are permitted to contain Cetearyl alcohol because the effects are drastically different from skin-damaging types of alcohol. We repeat: using cosmetic products containing fatty alcohols like Cetearyl does not risk sensitizing or drying out your skin.

As a raw material, Cetearyl alcohol is a white, waxy solid (frequently found in flake form). It is not water-soluble but is soluble in alcohol and oils. Cetearyl alcohol can be found under a 5% concentration in most skin care formulas, although higher amounts are acceptable.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has a lengthy record of identifying Cetearyl alcohol as safe in the current use practices.

Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that is commonly used in cosmetic and skincare products as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickening agent. It is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohol and can be derived from vegetable sources like coconut or palm oil. While it's primarily used in the beauty and personal care industry, some potential health benefits associated with cetearyl alcohol in skincare products may include:

Here are some in-depth key beneficial aspects related to Cetearyl Alcohol:

  • Moisturization - Cetearyl alcohol is an effective emollient, which means it helps to soften and hydrate the skin by preventing moisture loss. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry or sensitive skin, helping to maintain skin hydration and prevent dryness.

  • Skin barrier support - Cetearyl alcohol can enhance the skin's natural barrier function. A healthy skin barrier is essential for protecting the skin from external pollutants and preventing water loss, which can lead to dryness and irritation.

  • Improved texture and feel - Cetearyl alcohol is often used in skincare products to improve the texture and consistency of creams and lotions, making them smoother and more pleasant to apply.

  • Mild irritation relief - In some cases, cetearyl alcohol may help alleviate mild skin irritation and inflammation due to its soothing properties. However, this depends on the specific formulation and the presence of other ingredients in a product.

It's important to note that while cetearyl alcohol can offer these potential benefits, its effects can vary depending on the specific product and its concentration. Furthermore, some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to cetearyl alcohol, so it's essential to conduct a patch test before using any new skincare product. Always consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized advice on the best skincare products and ingredients for your skin type and concerns.

Overall, cetearyl alcohol is generally considered safe for cosmetic use and can be a valuable ingredient in skincare formulations, especially for those seeking hydration and moisture retention in their skincare routine.

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