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Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol

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Other names: cetostearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol

Cetyl stearyl alcohol is a multi-purpose, vegetable-derived blend of cetyl and stearyl fatty alcohol that is commonly used as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener in skincare formulations. It comes in a waxy, white solid substance that can be melted for various purposes.

As an emulsifier, it keeps the oil and water from separating, thus allowing them to mix whilst as a thickener, it helps to change the viscosity, add shape, and increase a product’s foaming capacity such as in lotions and shampoos.

Cetearyl alcohol is not actually an 'alcohol', like the ethyl alcohol that we know to be drying on the skin but is in fact a conditioner that helps to soften skin and hair. It is not a liquid that most people can initially think of, rather it is a mixture of pastilles and irregular, waxy flakes. Consequently, it has become a valuable addition to a multitude of applications including commercial and homemade moisturisers, shampoo/conditioner, and facial cleansers.

In moisturisers, the emollient properties found in this product help build an oily layer that traps water molecules in the skin. As it is known, dry skin can be caused by low air moisture, irregular weather changes, and more. This makes the skin to appear dull and less radiant. With cetearyl alcohol in your homemade products, you can be confident that not only your skin will reap all the beauty benefits but is also safe from the damaging effects of mass-produced cosmetic products.

Most people tend to confuse cetyl alcohol and cetyl stearyl alcohol. To break this down, both alcohols may come from fat and may be used as a thickener and emulsifier, however, what sets them apart is that cetyl alcohol provides more enhanced viscosity-forming effects and provides a better penetration with other ingredients in the formulation. Cetyl alcohol has more benefits but is more priced so cetyl stearyl alcohol offers a cheaper alternative for applications that do not require the rigour.

When storing this product, it is important to keep it in a tightly closed container in a cool, dry location. Temperatures over 32 degrees Celsius may cause the wax to coagulate.

CAUTION: Do not mix cetearyl alcohol with other ingredients containing ceteareth-20 as it may promote the formation of blackheads.


  • Moisturisers
  • Facial creams
  • Body lotions
  • Sunscreens
  • Homemade shampoos
  • Hair conditioners
  • Leave-on hair mask
  • Homemade hair dye


N-essentials is Australia’s friendly supplier and distributor of emulsifiers that are fit for various purposes. We make sure that all of the ingredients we sell meet the highest possible standards that are best suited for the application.

Visit our online store to see an extensive range of waxes and emulsifiers, and easily hover on each item to read more about their properties, compare bottle sizes and prices, and place an order.

N-essentials makes your online shopping experience a breeze, whether you are ordering for personal use or seeking supplies for your own business. If you have questions about our store or products, our friendly team are always here to help. You can also drop us an email any time at

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