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    Sold by weight. This is a white, waxy solid, in flake or bead form, which is used in ointments, creams, conditioners and lotions as a mild vegetable emulsifier, skin softener, conditioner and thickener. This is a fatty acid chain derived from either coconut or palm oil to which an alcohol has been added. It is a very effective thickener that helps form extremely stable emulsions in water-in-oil (full moisturizer) and oil-in-water (oil-free lotion) preparations.

    When one hears ‘alcohol’ usually what comes to mind are rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol....both are very drying on the skin. Then there are what are known as fatty alcohols which are usually produced from saturated fats in nuts and plants and their effects on the skin are quite different from ethyl alcohol; one of them is Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol. According to the FDA, cosmetic products labeled ‘alcohol free’ may contain cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl, or lanolin alcohols.

    Recommended usage: 1.5% to 5.5% of your lotion or cream recipe. May be used in conjunction with emulsifying wax. Per the manufacturer, this product is 30/70. It’s free of phthlates and does not contain parabens. This product is made in the U.S.

    Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, a/k/a Cetearyl Alcohol, is a plant based product usually extracted from coconut oil. The vendor has provided the following information to assist customers who are confused about cetyl alcohol and cetyl stearyl alcohol.

    There will be slight differences between the two. Cetyl Alcohol and Stearyl Alcohol are the two major components of Cetearyl Alcohol. These ingredients are all fatty alcohols and are widely used in cosmetics and personal care products, especially in skin lotions and creams.

    Cetyl alcohol helps to form protective barrier on the skin so water cannot evaporate, thus locking in the moisture.

    - Cetyl alcohol: emollient

    - Cetearyl Alcohol: emollient, emulsifier

    RE: INCI. Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol’s most common INCI is Cetearyl Alcohol, but Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol may also be used as the INCI. We have no other information to provide for this product.

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    Thickens like a charm!
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    Joanna Terry (Inwood, WV, US) | February 13th, 2017
    Would not make my body balms without it. Helps to thicken it up and it's has emollient properties.
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    EO = essential oil

    FO = fragrance oil



    Essential oils: in 1/32 oz. to 1/4 oz...amber glass vials with orifice reducers. ½ oz. to 2 amber glass bottles with white caps and Eurodroppers...3 to 4 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps and without orifice reducers...7 oz. in aluminum bottles...15 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps...10 & 25 lbs. in HDPE plastic containers with wide mouths although, occasionally, 25 lbs. may be dispensed in factory-issued metal containers with pouring spouts.

    28 lbs. of carrier oils and other liquids are dispensed in individual HDPE plastic gallon containers with handles, each holds the purchased net weight of liquid.

    30+ lbs. of carrier oils, other liquids, soft butters, Castile gel and other products are dispensed in plastic HDPE pails w/metal handles & pouring spouts in the lid; those products may remain inside the pails indefinitely when properly stored. After Covid, we reserve the right to use any packaging/dispensing container available to us and not mentioned above because it continues to be difficult many times to restock the same packaging container or material used in the past.

    NOTE: An EO may safely remain inside an aluminum container for up to 3 months, but if storing longer than 3 months the oil should be transferred to amber glass. Fragrances and carrier oils up to 8 lbs. may remain inside HDPE plastic bottles indefinitely. If the customer at any time feels more comfortable transferring a product to glass this should be done. ALL PRODUCTS ARE DISPENSED BY WEIGHT, THUS, SOME CONTAINERS MAY BE FILLED HIGHER THAN OTHERS DEPENDING ON THE WEIGHT AND VISCOSITY OF EACH PRODUCT.

    Raw materials/ingredients are dispensed by weight. Many customers ask how many ounces in a pound, there are 16 ounces in one pound. These are not fluid ounces, they are ounces by weight.

    HOW TO STORE: EOs, FOs and BUTTERS should be stored in tightly-sealed containers away from direct light and heat. Some EOs could be highly flammable, keep away from open flames. Keep all liquids and powders you purchase from Camden-Grey tightly capped and away from the reach of children, the elderly or infirm and pets. Refrigerating butters could adversely affect the consistency of the butter, please join our Forum if you need to learn how to handle, work with and store products. The link is towards the top right green section of our pages.

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