Cetyl Alcohol

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Cetyl Alcohol

Cetyl Alcohol is a widely used, all-purpose, stabilizing emulsifier / co-emulsifier, and it is compatible with almost all common cosmetic ingredients. It is a common non-gelling thickening agent that's used throughout the cosmetic industry for its  stable consistency, and the other benefits it  gives to products. It  is comprised of 95% fatty acids derived from vegetable oils, primarily coconut and palm oils.

Cetyl Alcohol is used in formulations to make all kinds of creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioning agent , hair conditioners. In creams and lotions it improves feel and texture, while also thickening and adding body. In shampoos and conditioners it adds texture and smoothing and feel to the product, and helps with improving wet comb out. In body body washes it adds nice feel to the product while also adding body and thickening. 

In makeup products like lipsticks, and other non water based products, it adds emolliency and consistency.

It is often used as an easy to use and natural thickener / rheology modifier that will improve the texture of all formula containing an oil phase. 

In addition to the more  common uses (emulsion stabilizing for example) it is also used for its excellent after feel, as an  emollient, moisturizer, viscosity stabilizer, non gelling thickening, and foam enhancer in water based products. 

Cetyl Alcohol is an excellent addition to you hair and skin care products. It is environmentally friendly, is a green product as a thickener. Plus cetyl Alcohol adds good after feel in lotions and creams, and in hair conditioners offers good comb out ability. 

Typical use 0.5 - 8%. (In some formulations usage above 3% Can Cause Soaping in Emulsions) 

Solubility - Cetyl Alcohol is soluble in diethyl ether, acetone, some other solvents. (Test for compatibility)It is slightly soluble in alcohol. Insoluble in cold water. Partially solubility in hot water        

Common Trade Names:Cetyl, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol NF, 1-Hexadecanol,  Alkonat 16, Alfol 16, Lorol C 16, Lanette 16,CO 1695   


Formulations using Cetyl Alcohol:

Protective Hand Lotion

Sunscreen Cream


INCI Name, CAS No.

  • INCI Name: Cetyl Alcohol
  • CAS no: 36653-82-4
  • EINECS no.: 253-149-0
  • 1-Hexadecanol


  • Appearance: White to Off White Flakes or pastilles
  • Odor: Mild Waxy Odor
  • Acid Value: .5 Max
  • Hydroxyl Value: 226 to 235
  • Iodine Value: 1 Max
  • Saponification Value: 1 Max
  • Required HLB Value: 15.5 Max
  • Melting Point: 113°F to 124°F
  • Solubility: Insoluble in water. Soluble in IPA and Mineral Oil
  • Flash Point: 320°F

Safety Data Sheet



Keep in a cool (preferably below 85°F, the cooler the better), dark and dry store-room.

Shelf Life

Under optimal storage conditions, in original unopened drums/containers, maximum 18 months.

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  • 5
    Love it was wonderfull

    Posted by TAmmy on Jul 24th 2018

    the product is great.

  • 5
    Wonderful in lotions!!

    Posted by Keri on Feb 19th 2018

    I looked for cetyl alcohol from several big soap supply companies, and none had it. This was my first purchase from Makeyourown, and it won't be my last! Product arrived in a timely manner. I was so excited to get my cetyl alcohol because I was given a lotion in a soap swap, and I loved the lotion so much the gal who gave it to me was nice enough to give me the recipe! I made lotion the same day I got the cetyl alcohol, and it makes the most perfect lotion!! Glad I got 5 lbs of this stuff!! Please don't stop selling this product, it's not an easy product to find!!!