Common Name: Cetyl Alcohol RSPO
INCI Name: Cetyl Alcohol
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Indonesia
Packaging: Bags, bio-degradable
Description: White, free flowing, waxy beads; there is an odor when new, but it does not permeate your product
Applications: Skincare, Soap Manufacturing, Hair Care
Usage recommendations: 1-3%; add at oil phase
Benefits/functions: emulsifier, thickener, emollient, stabilizer
We are proud to offer RSPO Cetyl Alcohol beads. With its wide range of benefits and applications, cetyl alcohol is a must-have ingredient for various industries, including cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and more.
Cetyl Alcohol is used as a nonionic surfactant and emulsifying agent in your soaps and skincare formulas. When used in soap making, cetyl alcohol extends the longevity of your lather, making it a long-lasting lather on each use.
When you use cetyl alcohol in your skincare formulas, like body lotions or body butters, it works as an emulsifier, helping to keep your oils and water blended, and as a moisturizer booting the emolliency of your finished product.
What is Cetyl Alcohol?
Cetyl alcohol, also known as hexadecanol, is a fatty alcohol derived from natural sources like palm oil or coconut oil. It is a waxy substance that appears as a white solid at room temperature. Despite its name, cetyl alcohol is not drying to the skin like typical alcohols. Instead, it boasts excellent emollient and conditioning properties.
Cetyl Alcohol is a single compound, consisting mostly of C16 Palmitic Fatty Acid. Palmitic Acid has high moisturizing properties when applied to the skin by helping to lock in moisture. Fatty Acids are critical when it comes to skincare products, both for moisture factors and for helping to create healthy skin. The difference between Cetyl Alcohol and Ceteryl Alcohol is that Cetyl is a single compound whereas Ceteryl is a blend of cetyl and C18 Stearyl compounds. Ceteryl Alcohol is traditionally used as a stabilizer, foam booster for foaming washes/gels, and as an opacifier. Cetyl can also be used as an opacifier, but is primarily used as an emollient due to the high levels of Palmitic Acid.
Cetyl alcohol is soluble in oils or alcohol, not in water. Our Cetyl Alcohol is made from non-GMO, Halal and Kosher certified palm oil. There are no residual solvents or impurities present after the manufacturing process. This Cetyl Alcohol is free from Dioxane, Ethanolamine, Ethyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Glycols, Irradiation, Microplastics, Mineral Oils, Nanomaterials, Parabens, Paraffins, PEG, Petroleum by-products, Phthalates, Phosphates, Silicones, Sulfates and Steroids. It is our goal to supply the highest quality ingredients possible.
Benefits of cetyl alcohol:
- Emulsifying Agent: Cetyl alcohol acts as an effective emulsifier, helping to blend oil and water-based ingredients seamlessly. It aids in stabilizing formulations, preventing phase separation and maintaining product integrity.
Cetyl alcohol is commonly used in the formulation of creams, lotions, moisturizers, and body butters. Its emollient and thickening properties provide a luxurious feel while moisturizing and nourishing the skin.
- Thickening Agent: With its thickening capabilities, cetyl alcohol adds viscosity and richness to various products, such as creams, lotions, and conditioners. It enhances the texture and feel, providing a luxurious and smooth application.
Cetyl alcohol adds richness and viscosity to shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and styling products. It aids in detangling, softening, and moisturizing the hair, leaving it smooth, manageable, and lustrous.
- Emollient and Moisturizer: Cetyl alcohol is an exceptional emollient, forming a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. This barrier helps to retain moisture, preventing dryness and maintaining skin hydration. It leaves the skin feeling soft, supple, and moisturized.
- Stability Enhancer: By improving the stability and shelf life of products, cetyl alcohol ensures that your formulations remain consistent and effective over time. It helps to prevent separation, settling, and degradation, thus preserving the quality of your products.
Cetyl alcohol is utilized in pharmaceutical products such as ointments, creams, and topical preparations. Its emulsifying and stability-enhancing properties contribute to the consistency and efficacy of these formulations.
Cetyl alcohol is soluble in various oils and most organic solvents, allowing for easy integration into different formulations. Its compatibility makes it a versatile ingredient suitable for a wide range of applications.
Cetyl Alcohol is sold in 1-pound bio-degradable bags, 5-pound bio-degradable bags, 25-pound bags and 50-pound sizes. Please email us directly for pricing on 400-pounds or more.
Storage: Keep in sealed container.
Best Used By: Two years from date of purchase.
Shelf Life Once Used in Manufacturing: One year from manufacturing date.