Cetostearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol or cetylstearyl alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols, consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols and is classified as a fatty alcohol.
Cetearyl alcohol adds body and thickening with a mid-weight velvety richness. It can be used to thicken products like cleansing balms and emulsified sugar scrubs where we don’t want the weight of wax, or it can be used with wax to improve the skin feel of the final product.
While cetearyl alcohol will stabilize emulsions it is not an emulsifier on its own, and will not work in formulas designed to work with a complete emulsifying wax.
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