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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 17661-50-6
COSING REF No: 74954
Cetyl Esters is a type of emollient used in personal care and cosmetic products as a thickening agent, texture enhancer, and skin conditioning agent. It has a waxy, solid consistency at room temperature, but it melts on contact with the skin, making it an excellent ingredient for lotions, creams, and balms. Cetyl Esters provide a smooth, non-greasy texture to the formulations and help to improve the product’s overall stability and appearance. The chemical formula of Cetyl Esters is C32H64O2.

What is CETYL ESTERS used for?

Cetyl Esters is used in a variety of products to provide texture and emollient properties. It is beneficial for both hair and skin.
  • Hair care: It is useful in providing a softening and smoothing effect to the hair. It helps to detangle hair, making it easier to comb or brush, and improves the overall manageability of the shafts. Additionally, Cetyl Esters help to reduce static and flyaways
  • Cosmetic products: It is used as an emollient or a texture enhancing agent. It gives a creamy and smooth texture to products like balms, helping them to spread evenly on the skin. Cetyl Esters also has a non-greasy feel, which makes it excellent for cosmetic products


Cetyl Esters are typically made by combining cetyl alcohol with a blend of other fatty acids or esters. The mixture is then heated to a certain temperature, and the resulting product is allowed to cool and solidify. The solid Cetyl Esters are then typically further processed and purified before being used in cosmetic formulations. Additionally, cetyl esters and cetyl alcohol are not the same things, as cetyl esters are a blend of fatty alcohols and fatty acids.

What does CETYL ESTERS do in a formulation?

  • Emollient
  • Skin conditioning
  • Viscosity controlling

Safety profile

Cetyl Esters is a safe ingredient for use on hair and skin. Additionally, there are no evidences to suggest that it is harmful for use during pregnancy. It is well tolerated by most people but may result in some side effects like skin irritation or allergic reactions. A patch test is therefore recommended. Furthermore, Cetyl Esters is also vegan and halal.

Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 478.77°C
Melting Point 43-47°C
pH 6.0-7.0
Solubility Insoluble in water
Viscosity High
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