No known benefits

4-T-Butylcyclohexanol at a glance

  • A synthetic fatty alcohol (the non-irritating kind)
  • Functions as an emollient and skin-soothing agent
  • Can reduce surface stinging on contact
  • Capable of visibly diminishing redness on skin

4-T-Butylcyclohexanol description

4-T-butylcyclohexanol is a synthetic fatty alcohol (the non-irritating kind) that functions as an emollient and soothing agent. It can reduce skin surface stinging on contact and is also capable of visibly reducing redness on skin. In addition to its general skin-calming properties, 4-T-butylcyclohexanol has specifically been studied for its ability to effectively reduce shaving-induced skin irritation. Dedicated research has also been conducted to demonstrate its efficacy for improving other aggravated skin conditions around the eyes and mouth. Essentially, it works by intercepting the irritation signals in skin. Although a formal safety assessment hasn’t been done, this ingredient can reasonably be considered safe based on what we know about how it works on skin.

4-T-Butylcyclohexanol references

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2020, pages 1,409-1,414
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2019, pages 534–547
  • Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, September 2018, pages 421-429
  • Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, February 2016, pages 9-16; and Volume 30 Supplement, pages 21-27
  • Experimental Dermatology, November 2010, pages 980-986

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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