All-purpose thickening alcohol (1-hexadecanol, hexadecyl or palmityl alcohol), derived from vegetable oils, > 95%, composed of fatty alcohols. White flakes, no or faint odor. Soluble in diethyl ether & acetone, slightly soluble in alcohol. Insoluble in cold water. Partially solubility in hot water (1.34×10-5 g/l).
INCI Name: Cetyl alcohol
– Non-gelling thickener and viscosity enhancer (also in water-free products like lipsticks)
– Has co-emulsifying properties if concentration is higher than 5 %
– Has mild emollient and moisturizing properties
– Can boost foam when together with surfactants
Use: Add to hot oil phase to melt for proper use (54°C/129°F), usual concentration 0.5-6%. For external use only.
Applications: Lotions, creams, hair shampoos, hair conditioners, body washes, makeup products.
Country of Origin: USA
Raw material source: Vegetable oils
Manufacture: Cetyl alcohol is made by catalytic hydrogenation of the triglycerides obtained from vegetable oils and followed by oxidation of a chain growth product of ethylene oligomerized on a triethylaluminum catalyst.
Animal Testing: Not animal tested
GMO: Not tested for GMOs
Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived components