Cetyl Esters


Texture enhancer

Cetyl Esters description

Cetyl esters is a synthetic wax that is a replacement for a wax that’s obtained from sperm whales. Works on skin as an emollient and texture enhancer, typically creating a thicker feel.

Cetyl Esters references

  • Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, April 2016, pages 641-649
  • International Journal of Toxicology, September 2015, pages 5S-69S

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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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Not Rated