Cetyl Alcohol
Cetyl Alcohol
Cetyl Alcohol

Cetyl Alcohol

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Cetyl Alcohol 

A cosmetic grade of natural cetyl alcohol containing a minimum 95% C16 alcohols. Cetyl alcohol is a white to light yellowish hydrophilic wax supplied in pellets. It is mainly used for viscosity control in cosmetic Oil/Water emulsions.

Cetyl alcohol is used in the cosmetic industry as an opacifier in shampoos, or as an emollient, emulsifier or thickening agent in the manufacture of skin creams and lotions. It is also employed as a lubricant for nuts and bolts, and is the active ingredient in some "liquid pool covers" (forming a surface layer to reduce evaporation and retain heat).

Synonyms: Cetyl Alcohol, Hexadecan-1-ol, Cetanol, Ethal, Ethol, Hexadecanol, Hexadecyl alcohol, Palmityl alcohol

Formula: C16H34O

CAS no: 36553-82-4


Typical Properties:

Appearance @ 20°C white waxy solid in flake/prill form

Density (g/ml) @ 25°C 0.81 approx

Melting point (°C) 49 approx

Acid value (mg KOH/g) 0.0 approx

Saponification value (mg KOH/g) 0.3 approx

Iodine value (g I2/100g) 0.4 approx



Hydroxyl value (mg KOH/g) 220 - 235

Acid value (mg KOH/g) 0.5 max

Saponification value (mg KOH/g) 1.0 max

Iodine value (g I2/100g) 2.0 max

Moisture (Karl Fisher) (%) 0.15 max

Colour (APHA) 35 max

C16 alcohols (%) 95 min

C14 alcohols (%) 2.5 max

PLEASE NOTE: This product is not for human or animal consumption.



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