Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose


Texture enhancer

Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose description

Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose is a derivative of fatty alcohol cetearyl alcohol and a thicker oil known as 2-ethylhexanoic acid. Works as a rich emollient and is excellent for dry skin.

Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose references

  • Cosmetics, February 2016, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 3, November-December 2015, pages 61S-73S
  • https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Hexadecyl-2-ethylhexanoate

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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