Cetearyl alcohol is a commonly used ingredient in soapmaking that helps to improve the texture and consistency of handmade soaps. It is a waxy substance that is derived from natural sources such as coconut or palm kernel oil and is a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohols.
In soapmaking, cetearyl alcohol is used as an emulsifier, which means that it helps to bind water and oil together, creating a smooth and consistent texture in the soap. It also acts as a thickener, giving the soap a creamy and luxurious feel.
Cetearyl alcohol is a safe and non-irritating ingredient that is well-tolerated by most skin types. It is often used in combination with other natural ingredients such as plant-based oils and essential oils to create handmade soaps that are gentle and nourishing for the skin.