Cetearyl Alcohol

Our database includes 4104 products that contain Cetearyl Alcohol.

Rating: Very Disliked

Written by Jacob Laboissonniere | Published May 22, 2020

You should know

What it is

Fatty Alcohol


Oily Skin
Fungal Acne
Comedogenic Rating:   2
Irritancy Rating:   1


Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of two fatty alcohols: cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. It is mainly used as en emulsifier. Emulsifiers help prevent the separation of oils and products. Cetearyl alcohol can also help thicken a product or help create foam.

Cetearyl alcohol is an emollient. Emollients help soothe and hydrate the skin by trapping moisture.

Studies show Cetearyl alcohol is non-toxic and non-irritating. The FDA allows products labeled "alcohol-free" to have fatty alcohols.

Cetearyl alcohol is usually derived from plant oils such as palm, vegetable, or coconut oils. There is debate on whether this ingredient will cause acne. In general, it is best to speak with a professional about using this ingredient if you have concerns.

People also like: Glycerin, Niacinamide, Panthenol

People also dislike: Niacinamide, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid

Also known as: (C16-C18) Alkyl Alcohol, C1618, C16-18 Alcohols, Cetostearyl Alcohol, and Cetyl/Stearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 15.9% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

645 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Redness • Dryness • Sensitivity • Fine Lines

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Fungal Acne • Sensitivity • Acne • Redness

Where it's used

Cetearyl Alcohol is most often found as ingredient number 8 within an ingredient list.

These are the categories of products that use Cetearyl Alcohol the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 75132
  • EC #:  267-008-6 / -
  • Ph. Eur. Name: alcohol cetylicus et stearylicus
  • All Functions: Emollient, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Foam Boosting, Opacifying, Surfactant, Viscosity Controlling
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.