Behenyl Alcohol


Texture enhancer

Behenyl Alcohol at a glance

  • Is considered a fatty, non-drying form of alcohol
  • Is used as a thickener and moisturising ingredient in cosmetics
  • Also known as 1-docosanol
  • Has been ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Behenyl Alcohol description

Behenyl alcohol, also known as 1-docosanol, is a synthetic or plant-derived thickening agent and emulsifier used in cosmetics. It also serves as a hydrating ingredient. It’s considered a fatty alcohol not related to drying forms of alcohol. In its raw form it is a white, waxy solid. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has deemed behenyl alcohol to be safe for topical application as used in cosmetics.

Behenyl Alcohol references

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2017, pages 206-216
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2014, pages 77-142
  • Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, March 2010, Volume 11, pages 853-860
  • Journal of the American College of Toxicology, 1988, pages 1-55
  •, ePublication

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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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