Chemical name:

Cetearyl alcohol


surfactants, non-ionic surfactants

Markets and applications:

detergents, personal care







CAS No.:



Cetearyl alcohol


EXOalc 1618 is a non-ionic surfactant (INCI name: Cetearyl alcohol), which is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohol. The commercial product is a white, waxy solid in the form of pastilles. The product is a derivative based on renewable plant raw materials and is mainly used in cosmetic applications.

EXOalc 1618 is mainly used as a conditioning agent and emollient in cleansing, skin and hair care cosmetics. It forms a layer (film) on the surface that prevents excessive evaporation of water (which is an indirect moisturizing effect). Thanks to this, the product has a conditioning effect, i.e. it softens and smoothes the skin and hair.

The product reduces the drying effect of anionic surfactants, leaving the skin surface moisturized and covered with a protective layer. It also acts as a rheology modifier, i.e. it improves the consistency of creams, lotions, hair conditioners, etc., increasing their viscosity. At the same time, the product influences the application properties of the preparations – by improving their distribution, lubricating and foaming properties.

EXOalc 1618 can be used as a stabilizer of oil in water (O/W), water in oil (W/O) and anhydrous preparations. It is a very safe product that does not cause irritation or allergic reactions.

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Properties and applications:

Product advantages:

  •  effective emollient and conditioner for washing and care cosmetics for skin and hair,
  •  provides smoothness of skin and hair,
  •  restores hair elasticity and softness,
  •  rheology modifier (improves the consistency of preparations),
  •  foam stabilizer,
  •  stabilizes emulsions such as oil in water (O/W), water in oil (W/O) and anhydrous preparations,
  •  does not cause allergic reactions,
  •  based on renewable plant raw materials.


  •  shampoos, conditioners, serums, hair masks,
  •  preparations for hair colouring,
  •  hair gels,
  •  hand, foot and body creams
  •  eye creams,
  •  anti-wrinkle creams,
  •  sunscreens,
  •  after-shave creams,
  •  self-tanners,
  •  lotions, moisturisers (including for children),
  •  preparations for washing face and body,
  •  peeling scrubs,
  •  anti-acne preparations,
  •  make-up bases, foundations,
  •  mascara, eyeliners,
  •  lipsticks, lip balms,
  •  make-up removers,
  •  depilation preparations,
  •  lubricants, metalworking fluids.

Alternative names:

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Alcohol C16-C18 (Hide)


emulsifier alcohol detergent personal care non-ionic surfactants non-ionic
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