Cetearyl Alcohol

Our database includes 5817 products that contain Cetearyl Alcohol.

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 an emulsifier. Emulsifiers help prevent the separation of oils and products. Due to its composition, it can also be used to 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.

This ingredient is usually derived from plant oils such as palm, vegetable, or coconut oils. There is debate on whether this ingredient will cause acne.

Due to the fatty acid base, this ingredient may not be Malassezia folliculitis safe.

People also like: Glycerin, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid

People also dislike: Alcohol, Niacinamide, Parfum

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 16.2% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

3566 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:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Fungal Acne • Sensitivity • 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, Opa CI Fying, 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.