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Cetearyl Alcohol

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An effective co-emulsifier that adds texture and richness to creams and lotions whilst smoothing and softening the skin, keeping it well hydrated.

White, waxy, solid granules or flakes with no odour.

A co-emulsifier and stabiliser which is a mixture of fatty alcohols from plant origin (palm kernel), consisting mainly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols and is classified as a fatty alcohol.

Many different versions are also animal sourced even when declared as vegetable origin. We have undertaken extensive work to ensure that ours is of 100% plant origin. The alternative versions come from different manufacturers. They vary in their chain length distribution which will alter the finished product and may come out runnier than expected. Therefore we can only state that the formulations we have made and tested will work with the type we have in stock. We cannot give any information if you are using a version from another supplier.

Chain Length Distribution:
C14:0 and lower: 5 % maximum
C16:0: 25 – 35 %
C18:0: 65 – 75 %
C20:0 and higher: 2 % maximum

It is used in Oil in Water (O/W) emulsions.

Melting point 50°C.

Saponification Value  (mgKOH/g): 1.2 maximum.

Acid Value (mgKOH/g): 0.1 maximum.

Inci:

Cetearyl Alcohol
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Cetearyl Alcohol are:

Emollient, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Foam Boosting, Opacifying, Surfactant, Viscosity Controlling

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
Use in dry skin creams to help slow down TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss) whilst enriching the texture. It gives a good glide to the finished cream.

Softens and smooths rough and dry skin, so it is excellent in gardeners hand creams and foot creams.

Hair Care
Add to other emulsifiers to use in hair conditioners. It adds texture without leaving the hair feeling heavy. It helps the product to rinse out more easily.

Other
Use at 0.5% to 2%. Above this level, it can start to feel heavy on the skin as well as having a whitening or “soaping” effect.

Oil soluble. Cannot be used in water only products.

Add to Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions. Usually, it will be combined with other emulsifiers like VE Emulsifier and MF Emulsifier.

Suggested Blends
Works very well when used in combination with VE Emulsifier and MF Emulsifier.

Cautions/Contraindications
None.
Mature Skin Moisturiser
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
6% Macadamia Oil
3% Thistle Oil
2% Cetearyl Alcohol
2.5% VE Emulsifier

Stage 2: (above 75°C)
4% MF Emulsifier
3% Glycerine
74% Boiling Spring Water

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Eco Marine Algae Extract
1.5% Vitamin E
1% Preservative
1% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Method:

Heat the Stage 1 (Fat Stage) ingredients in a double boiler until the temperature is over 75°C.

When the Stage 1 ingredients are ready, add the Stage 2 (Water Stage) ingredients to another bowl. Whisk briefly to ensure all ingredients are dissolved then check that the temperature is still over 75°C.

Put the Stage 2 bowl onto the double boiler and pour the stage 1 mix into the Stage 2 mix. Whisk for 5 minutes whilst checking that the temperature stays over 75°C. Keep the whisk low to avoid introducing air to the mix.

After 5 minutes of whisking, take the bowl out of the double boiler and put into a cold water bath to speed up the cooling. Continue to whisk whilst it is cooling down.

When it is under 40°C, add any Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.


Moisturiser for Dry Skin
Stage 1: (above 75°C)

6% Oat Oil
3% Thistle Oil
2% Cetearyl Alcohol
2.5% VE Emulsifier

Stage 2: (above 75°C)
4% MF Emulsifier
4% Glycerine
75% Boiling Spring Water

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
1% Preservative Eco or 12
1.5% Vitamin E
1% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Method:

Heat the Stage 1 (fat stage) materials in a stainless steel bowl on a bain marie (double boiler) to above 75°C.

Add the Stage 2 (water stage) ingredients to a larger bowl and put onto a bain marie. When the temperature is above 75°C, add Stage 1 to Stage 2.

Keep the temperature above 75°C and stir for 5 minutes.

Take the bowl off the heat and cool to below 40°C.

Mix the Stage 3 (cool stage) ingredients together and stir into the cream. Mix thoroughly. Jar and label.


For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters.The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Historical Information
Traditionally, spermaceti from whales was used for the same effect. As whaling started getting restricted, manufacturers were forced to source better alternatives.
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