This emulsifier is easy to use, plant-based and works in just about anything. We love the lightweight feel.
Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside
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.
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.
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.
Mass Balance Certified Palm Oil
Plant (Wheat, Palm, Palm Kernel, Coconut)
Emulsifier, Thickener, Stability Enhancer, Surfactant
0.5 - 5%
Off White / None / Waxy Pellet
141ºF - 149ºF
Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.
See expiration date on Certificate of Analysis.
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
Palm Kernel Oil undergoes transesterification to liberate free fatty acids.
This mixture is distlled to separated palmitic and stearic acids, whether they are converted to Cetyl And Stearyl Alcohol.
Separately, cyclic sugars are extracted from wheat seed.
Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohols combine to form Cetearyl Alcohol, which is then reacted with the cyclic glucose from wheat.
Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol are combined together and pastillated for easy use.