Cetearyl alcohol is a waxy substance that is widely used in the cosmetic and personal care industry as an emulsifier, thickener, and stabilizer. It is a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohols, which are fatty alcohols derived from natural sources such as coconut or palm kernel oil.
Despite its name, cetearyl alcohol is not a drying or irritating alcohol, but rather a fatty alcohol that has emollient properties, making it an excellent ingredient for use in skincare products. It is a white, solid material that is generally odourless and has a waxy texture.
Cetearyl alcohol is used in a wide range of personal care products such as lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, and many other skincare and hair care formulations. Its ability to thicken and stabilize products, and to give them a smooth texture and a luxurious feel, has made it a popular ingredient in the cosmetic industry.