Cetearyl Alcohol Mass Balance ensures transparency and responsibility in sourcing palm-based ingredients. We are the only company investing in 50:50 Cetearyl Alcohol for home formulators.
Cetearyl alcohol is a pre-made 50:50 blend of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, which are fatty alcohols that give creams and lotions their thickness and texture. The more cetearyl alcohol used, the thicker or creamier the product. Cetearyl alcohol also helps stabilize emulsions.
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. It is also difficult to make emulsions without cetearyl or cetyl/stearyl alcohol. 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.
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. The product is then cooled into pastilles (beads) for easy use.
Mass Balance Certified Palm Oil
Plant (Coconut and Palm Kernel)
Thickener, Stability Enhancer
Lotions, Creams, Balms, Butters
0 - 10%
White / Characteristic / Waxy Pellet
120ºF - 133ºF
Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.
See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
Safety Data Sheet
Sold in ounces by weight.
Palm kernel oil undergoes transesterification to liberate free fatty acids.
This mixture is distilled to separate palmitic acid and stearic acids from the rest of the mixture.
Palmitic and stearic acids are converted to cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol.
Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are melted and combined in equal parts to make cetearyl alcohol.
The molten mixture is formed into pastilles for ease of use.
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