• Derived from: coconut palm tree
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈsē-təl-\ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: 1-hexadecanol and n-hexadecyl alcohol

What Is Cetyl alcohol?

Cetyl alcohol is a flaky, waxy, white solid often derived from coconut, palm, or vegetable oil. These oils typically come from coconut palm trees, palm trees, corn plants, sugar beets, or soy plants.[1,2] Cetyl alcohol is used in hundreds of personal care, cosmetic, and household products, such as makeup, bath soap, detergents, shaving cream, lotions, shampoo and other products.[3,4]

What Does Cetyl alcohol Do in Our products?

Cetyl alcohol acts as a moisturizer in our products by helping bind moisture to the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and can also act as an emulsifier, giving proper texture to our products. It can be an emollient, keep things from separating, control how thick or runny a product is, act as a coupling agent, and even stabilize foams.[5,6] It doesn’t dissolve in water, but it dissolves in alcohol and oils.[7] Cetyl alcohol is often combined with stearyl alcohol to make cetearyl alcohol, which is also a moisturizer in our products.

Why Puracy Uses Cetyl alcohol

We use cetyl alcohol in our products as a moisturizer. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has deemed cetyl alcohol safe in cosmetic ingredients, and the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe for use in food.[10,11] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[12] A series of studies also show cetyl alcohol generally does not irritate or sensitize human skin.[13]

How Cetyl alcohol Is Made

Cetyl alcohol is manufactured by reducing ethyl palmitate (the waxy ester of palmitic acid) with metallic sodium and alcohol or under acidic conditions with lithium aluminum hydride as a catalyst.[8] The final product melts at a temperature higher than that of the human body, which makes it useful for makeup and other things that are warmed by the skin.[9]

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Sources

[1] Braux, M.R., GMO 101, A Practical Guide, Alain Braux International Publishing, 2014
[2] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[3] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[4] “Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, and Behenyl Alcohol,” International Journal of Toxicology, May/June 1988 7: 359-413
[5] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[6] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[7] Cosmetic Ingredient Review
[8] Encyclopedia Britannica
[9] Encyclopedia Britannica
[10] “Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, and Behenyl Alcohol,” International Journal of Toxicology, May/June 1988 7: 359-413
[11] Food and Drug Administration
[12] Whole Foods Market
[13] “Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, and Behenyl Alcohol,” International Journal of Toxicology, May/June 1988 7: 359-413
 

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