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It is common for Cetyl Alcohol to be wrongly understood as the type of alcohol that has drying effects on the skin, such as rubbing alcohol; however, on the contrary, Cetyl Alcohol is skin-friendly with hydrating, conditioning, and softening properties that benefit both skin and hair. It is an alcohol that is derived from a fat, such as a vegetable oil like Coconut Oil or Palm Oil; hence it is also called Palmityl Alcohol. Not to be mistaken for Ethyl Alcohol – the main ingredient in alcoholic beverages – Cetyl Alcohol receives its name from the Latin word cetus, meaning “whale oil,” as this was the substance from which Cetyl Alcohol was first obtained. NDA’s Cetyl Alchol Raw Material is available in the form of unscented flakes or pellets that, at room temperature, are waxy in texture and white in color.



When Cetyl Alcohol is added to natural cosmetic preparations, it functions as an agent that helps homogenize components that naturally separate (emulsifier), as a soothing lubricant (emollient), as a thickener, as an opacifier, and as a carrier for other ingredients in a formula. These stabilizing properties ensure that the oils and water remain combined, thus promoting an ideal, smooth texture that ultimately gives the final product an easy glide on the skin or hair.




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It contributes to their thickness and volume while enhancing their textures and spreadability. Furthermore, by helping the skin retain moisture, it promotes softness and smoothness.



Cetyl Alcohol must be added to formulations in their heated oil phases. The higher the concentration of Cetyl Alcohol, the thicker the end product will be.


When added to this kind of formulation…

Cetyl Alcohol works as a…
  • Moisturizer
  • Opacifier
  • Softener

It helps to…
  • Hydrate hair to protect against dryness
  • Prevent frizz
  • Boost the formulation’s foaming capacity
  • Enhance the conditioning agent's adherence to hair
  • Make products opaque in appearance
  • Reduce tangling
  • Increase viscosity

The recommended maximum dosage is… 6%
When added to this kind of formulation…

Cetyl Alcohol works as a…
  • Opacifier
  • Softener
  • Emollient

It helps to…
  • Soften skin
  • Balance and sustain the skin's moisture levels without leaving a greasy residue
  • Keep makeup on the skin, rather than allowing it to fall off

The recommended maximum dosage is… 0.5-10%
When added to this kind of formulation…


Face Wash

Face Mask/Peel

Body Wash/Gel
Cetyl Alcohol works as a…
  • Opacifier
  • Thickener
  • Co-emulsifier Emollient
  • Softener
  • Moisturizer

It helps to…
  • Co-emulsify in order to thicken formulations, which contributes a creamier texture
  • Enhance the foaming capacity of non-aqueous liquids, such as lotions
  • Increase viscosity
  • Soothe skin
  • Create an oily layer on the skin’s surface, which helps it retain water
  • Stabilize foaming properties in surfactants
  • Hydrate and soften the skin to reduce irritation, cracking, and peeling
  • Thicken the consistency of gels

The recommended maximum dosage are…

Body Lotion: 3%

Face Cream: 6%

Face Wash: 6%

Face Mask: 6%

Body Wash: 6%



As with all other New Directions Aromatics products, Cetyl Alcohol Raw Material is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women as well as those with sensitive skin are especially advised not to use Cetyl Alcohol Raw Material without the medical advice of a physician. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Cetyl Alcohol Raw Material, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by melting 1 Cetyl Alcohol pellet in 1 ml of a preferred Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Cetyl Alcohol must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Cetyl Alcohol include irritation, stinging, burning, redness, or inflammation. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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