What it is
Stearyl Alcohol is a type of fatty alcohol from stearic acid. Fatty Alcohols are most often used as an emollient or to thicken a product. Emollients help soothe and hydrate the skin by trapping moisture.
They are usually derived from natural fats and oils and therefore do not have the same drying or irritating effect as traditional alcohols. FDA allows products labeled "alcohol-free" to have fatty alcohols.
Also known as: Octadecan-1-Ol
Stearyl Alcohol is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 4.4% of the products in our database containing it.
What it does:
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Where it's used
Stearyl Alcohol is most often found as ingredient number 12 within an ingredient list.
These are the categories of products that use Stearyl Alcohol the most:
Products with Stearyl Alcohol
- CosIng ID: 38319
- INCI Name: STEARYL ALCOHOL
- INN Name: stearyl alcohol
- EC #: 204-017-6
- Ph. Eur. Name: alcohol stearylicus
- All Functions: Emollient, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Foam Boosting, Masking, Opacifying, Refatting, Surfactant, Viscosity Controlling