Stearyl Alcohol

Our database includes 1237 products that contain Stearyl Alcohol.

You should know

What it is

Fatty Alcohol
Comedogenic Rating:   2
Irritancy Rating:   2


Stearyl Alcohol is a type of fatty alcohol from stearic acid. It is a white, waxy compound used to emulsify ingredients.

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 solvent 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 4.2% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

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

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Normal

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Redness • Dryness • Fungal Acne • Sensitivity

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Fungal Acne • Acne • Dryness

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:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 38319
  • 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
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.