Cetyl Alcohol

In the cosmetics industry, it is used in shampoos and in the manufacture of skin creams and lotions. In the food industry, it is used as a multipurpose food additive, as a flavoring agent or in food decorations. Finally, it is used as a lubricant for nuts and bolts in the manufacturing industry.


Molar Weight242.44 g/mol
Melting Point49.3 °C
Boiling Point344 °C
Flash Point185 °C
Density0.81 g/cc
FormsWhite, Flakes, Pastilles

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Hair care
  • Food additive
  • Pulp and paper
  • Skin care products
  • Lubricants
  • Cosmetic products
  • Paint and Coatings


  • Pharma
  • Cleaning
  • Coatings & Construction
  • Cosmetics

Synonyms: Cetanol, Hexadecanol, 1 - Hexadecanol, 1 - Hexadecyl Alcohol, Alcohol C 16, C 16 Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmityl Alcohol

Chemical Formula: C16H34O

CAS Number: 36653-82-4