Stearyl Alcohol

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Stearyl Alcohol  

INCI Stearyl Alcohol

Stearyl Alcohol, also known as 1-octadecanol, octadecan -1-ol  an all-purpose, vegetable sourced,  all natural and from from sustainable coconut oils.

It is a popular stabilizer, thickening agent, emulsifier,  for making all kinds of lotions and creams, body butters and more. Like other fatty alcohols stearyl is an excelleng natural thickener and emulsifier or co emulsifier, and imparts a nice smooth feel.  It's a very useful additive in hair care products, creams, lotions and more, as a secondary emulsifier, thickener, emollient.  It is compatible with nearly all cosmetic ingredients.

Compared to other fatty alcohols, like cetyl alcohol, in many formulations, the stearyl alcohol will result in a slightly more softer, conditioned feel, and after-feel sensory wise, and a whiter appearance. 

Typical Use level: 1-25%. 

When Stearyl Alcohol NF is used as the thickener in your formulation, as opposed to many other natural thickener choices, the stearyl may be easier of use because it won't impact your pH, or add thixotropic behavior.  

Appearance: White Flakes / Pastilles

Melt Point 55 - 64c  (132 - 148 F)

A mild characteristic odor.

Not soluble in water. Partially soluble in alcohol.

External use only

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