INCI

Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside

What It is

Create lightweight emulsions that glide on skin or hair with Natural Emulsifier 68. This oil-in-water emulsifier creates a special emulsion called a lamellar emulsion that helps deliver actives while increasing the moisture content of skin. It works best with an oil phase that is 10-25% of the formulation.

Why Mass Balance?

Cetearyl alcohol almost always comes from palm oil, as it is nearly impossible to source cetearyl alcohol from other plants. There is no producer that will guarantee cetearyl alcohol comes from non-palm sources. Therefore, it is critical to use cetearyl alcohol from Mass Balance palm certified sources as a step towards sustainable palm use. Learn more about sustainable palm oil and mass balance here.

How It's Made

Palm oil undergoes a chemical reaction to release free fatty acids like palmitic acid and stearic acid. This mixture is distilled to separate palmitic acid and stearic acids, where they are converted to cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are weighed out in equal portions and melted together to become cetearyl alcohol.

Cetearyl Glucoside is made by extracting cyclic sugars from the wheat seed and reacting them with cetearyl alcohol made from palm oil or coconut meat. The two components (Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol) are melted together into easy-to-use pastilles.

Certifications
Vegan
Vegan
Nut Free
Nut Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Non GMO
Non GMO
Mass Balance Palm
Mass Balance Palm
People and Planet
People and Planet
INCI
Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside

People and Planet

EcoCert Certified
NaTrue Approved
Mass Balance Certified Palm Oil
Readily Biodegradable


Geographical Origin

Indonesia, France


Ingredient Origin

Plant (Wheat, Palm, Palm Kernel, Coconut)


Function

Emulsifier, Thickener, Stability Enhancer, Surfactant


Types of Formulas

Lotions, Creams


Use Level

0.5 - 5%


Color / Odor / Appearance

Off White / None / Waxy Pellet


Solubility

Oils


Melting Point

141ºF - 149ºF


Storage

Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.


Shelf Life

See expiration date on Certificate of Analysis.


Warning

For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.



Why It's Special

This emulsifier is easy to use, plant-based and works in just about anything. We love the lightweight feel.

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Breakdown
Breakdown

Palm Kernel Oil undergoes transesterification to liberate free fatty acids.

Separation
Separation

This mixture is distlled to separated palmitic and stearic acids, whether they are converted to Cetyl And Stearyl Alcohol.

Extraction
Extraction

Separately, cyclic sugars are extracted from wheat seed.

Combination
Combination

Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohols combine to form Cetearyl Alcohol, which is then reacted with the cyclic glucose from wheat.

Pastillation
Pastillation

Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol are combined together and pastillated for easy use.