What is 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.

  • Synonyms: Cetanol, Hexadecanol
  • INCI: Cetyl Alcohol
  • Chemical Formula: C16H34O
  • CAS Number: 36653-82-4

Product Specifications


Chemical Formula C16H34O
CAS Number 36653-82-4
Molar Weight 242.44 g/mol
Specific Gravity 0.81
Melting Point 49.3 °C
Boiling Point 344 °C
Flash Point 185 °C

Uses and Applications for Cetyl Alcohol


  • Pharma
  • Cleaning
  • Coatings & Construction
  • Cosmetics

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