AHCOHOL 1698 (Cetyl Alcohol NF)

Inci Name:

Cetyl Alcohol

Chemical Name:
Hexadecyl Alcohol or 1-Hexadecanol or Palmityl Alcohol

Cetyl alcohol is a long-chain fatty alcohol with 16 carbon atoms. It is also known as 1-hexadecanol, hexadecyl alcohol and, in its unsaturated form, palmityl alcohol. Cetyl alcohol has many potential uses, including as an opacifier, emollient, emulsifier or thickening agent.

As a leading producer of oleochemicals, Acme-Hardesty is your source for high-quality, vegetable-based cetyl alcohol. Keep reading to learn more.

Uses & Applications

Cetyl alcohol is used as an opacifier in the manufacture of shampoos and related products. You can also find it in lotions, skin creams and cosmetics, in which it acts as an emollient, emulsifier and thickening agent. Cetyl alcohol can also be used to lubricate nuts and bolts, as a nonionic surfactant in soaps and detergents, and in the processing of textiles.

In its natural state, cetyl alcohol is a colorless waxy solid with a mild odor. To support a wide range of potential uses, Acme-Hardesty cetyl alcohol is available in NF and kosher grades. We package the product in bags or isotanks and offer it in liquid and pastille form. Check out the cetyl alcohol spec sheet for more information.

  • Textiles: Intermediate
  • Lubricants and Greases: Metal Lubricant
  • Waxes: Intermediate
  • Personal Care: Opacifier in Shampoos. Emollient, Emulsifier or Thickening Agent in Skin Creams and Lotions.
  • Plastics: Intermediate
  • Surfactants and Esters: Nonionic Surfactants
  • Soaps and Detergents: Nonionic Surfactants

Product Details

NF, Kosher, Pastilles, Liquid

As with all fatty alcohols, cetyl alcohol can be obtained from vegetable or animal sources. Acme-Hardesty cetyl alcohol is derived entirely from vegetable (palm and coconut) oils and refined to a minimum 98-percent purity.

Environmental sustainability is a key priority in all of our manufacturing processes. Acme-Hardesty cetyl alcohol is GMO-free, REACH-registered and contains no residual solvents. We don’t test our products on animals, and they are free of gluten, dairy, fish, peanuts, tree nuts and other common allergens.

Bags and Isotanks. You can also purchase our 55# bags from our Online Store.

Handling and Storage Instructions

You should store Acme-Hardesty cetyl alcohol in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. If left unopened, you can use it up to two years after the date of manufacture. You should handle the product wearing gloves and protective eyewear, as it is a mild irritant.

For detailed instructions, download the cetyl alcohol MSDS.

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