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Cetyl Esters

Commonly found in:

  • Facial moisturizer
  • Anti-aging
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Facial cleanser
  • Deodorants
  • Lipstick


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Simplifica products with this ingredient:

 Rooibos Tea Hand & Body Lotion
Anti-Aging Face Wash
Anti-Aging Facial Toner

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database:

  • Safety Rating - 1
  • Data - Limited

Also identified as:

  • Cetyl Esters NF


Cetyl Esters are composed of many different esters of saturated fatty alcohols and acids, including cetyl stearate, cetyl myristate, cetyl palmitate, myristyl myristate, and myristyl stearate. All are derived from vegetables.

This ingredient can be used as an alternative to Cetyl Alcohol although they do have different properties. Cetyl esters result in a thinner product and will contribute a silkier glide than products made with Cetyl alcohol. However, the moisturizing properties are somewhat less than those contributed by Cetyl alcohol.

Cetyl esters is widely accepted as a safe, non-toxic ingredient in hair and skin care products. 


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