CETYL ALCOHOL | Ingredient Index
Cetyl alcohol is a naturally occurring waxy white solid derived from the palmitic fats of coconut, palm, sugar beets, corn or soy plants. It is commonly produced by mixing oil i.e. coconut oil with a strong base (similar to the natural soap making process) under heat, allowed to cool and collect.
This type of alcohol behaves differently from the drying kind such as ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. As a "fatty alcohol" it imparts numerous benefits to the skin and hair like treating or preventing dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations like diaper rash and eczema.
Cetyl alcohol also helps thicken lotions, moisturizers, conditioners and oils without leaving a greasy feeling.