Cetyl Alcohol

Our database includes 2649 products that contain Cetyl Alcohol.

You should know

What it is

Fatty Alcohol
Comedogenic Rating:   2
Irritancy Rating:   2


Cetyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol. Fatty Alcohols are most often used as an emollient or to thicken a product.

Cetyl Alcohol is not related to SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, or ethyl alcohol.
The FDA allows products labeled "alcohol-free" to have fatty alcohols.

Its main roles are:

  • Emollient: helping hydrate skin by trapping moisture
  • Emulsifer: preventing ingredients from separating
  • Thickening: making the product texture thicker

People also like: Glycerin, Panthenol, Niacinamide

People also dislike: Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Stearyl Alcohol

Cetyl Alcohol is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 8.9% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

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

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Dryness • Fine Lines • Sensitivity • Redness

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Fungal Acne • Redness • Acne

Where it's used

Cetyl Alcohol is most often found as ingredient number 10 within an ingredient list.

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

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 32596
  • INN Name: cetyl alcohol
  • EC #:  253-149-0
  • Ph. Eur. Name: alcohol cetylicus
  • All Functions: Emollient, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Foam Boosting, Masking, 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.