Cetyl Alcohol

Our database includes 1823 products that contain Cetyl Alcohol.

Community rating: Disliked

What it is

Fatty Alcohol

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

Cetyl Alcohol is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 9.5% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Data

127 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:

Fine Lines • Redness • Dryness • Wrinkles

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Dry Sensitive

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Fungal Acne • Sensitivity • Hormonal Acne • Acne

Where it's used

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

Of the 1 products in our database that have a known concentration of Cetyl Alcohol, they all have a concentration of 0.8% specified within their ingredient lists.

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.