Cetyl Alcohol is can be misunderstood as a drying type of alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, but this is not the case. In fact, Cetyl Alcohol is derived from fats such as vegetable oils like Coconut Oil or Palm Oil. It has skin-friendly properties that hydrate, condition, and soften both the skin and hair.
Cetyl Alcohol serves multiple functions in skincare products. It acts as an emulsifier, helping to blend and stabilize components that naturally separate (like oil and water). As an emollient, it provides soothing lubrication, promoting a smooth and soft texture. Additionally, it works as a thickener and carrier for other ingredients, ensuring that oils and water remain combined and allowing for an easy glide on the skin.