Ceteareth-6 Olivate



Ceteareth-6 Olivate at a glance

  • Mixture of a derivative of fatty alcohol cetearyl alcohol and a fatty acid from olives
  • Works to make emulsions stable
  • Often used in cleansers because it attracts both oil and water
  • White, waxy solid in its raw form

Ceteareth-6 Olivate description

Cetearth-6 olivate is a mixture of a derivative of fatty alcohol cetearyl alcohol and a fatty acid from olives. It works to make emulsions stable and offers skin-smoothing emollient properties. It is often used in soaps and shampoos because of its ability to attract both oil and water. According to one of its suppliers, in its raw form it is a white, waxy solid. Typical usage levels in rinse-off or leave-on products ranges from 2–4%.

Ceteareth-6 Olivate references

  • CosmeticsInfo.org, Accessed December 2021, ePublication
  • HallStar, Accessed December 2021, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, pages 1–21
  • PLoS One, September 2012, pages 1–6

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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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