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It is an ether of fatty alcohols like Stearyl Alcohol or cetyl that are highly saturated. Ceteareth 20 is nonionic polyoxyethylene that is odourless and is available in the form of pellets of white colour. Ceteareth-20 is soluble in both alcohol and water and is often used to give a colloidal structure to the solution.

The HLB value of Ceteareth-20 ranges between 15 and 17, and it is used in the making of oil-in-water emulsions. It is an effective emulsifier and surfactant and also possesses emollient properties. Ceteareth-20 can be used as a cleansing agent in cosmetic products. Ceteareth-20 can be combined with synthetic and vegetable oils and minerals.

Ceteareth-20 helps in the production of emulsions by decreasing the surface tension of ingredients that are needed to be emulsified. Ceteareth-20 also proves to be effective in reducing the viscosity or thickness of solutions used to make personal care products and liquid formulas.

Ceteareth-20 also helps other cosmetic raw materials to dissolve quickly in solvents. However, you might also need Ceteareth-100 and Ceteareth-50 to expedite this process. Ceteareth-20 is excellent cleansing properties make it one of the valuable additions in skin and hair cleansing applications.

Ceteareth-20 Benefits

  • For Skin Care Products: Ceteareth 20 is used in a wide range of skincare and personal care applications as it is safe and skin-friendly. Ceteareth 20 increases the ability of skincare solutions to penetrate deep in the skin cells to improve their effectiveness.
  • High Penetration Capacity: Due to its high penetration capacity might not be a wise decision to use products containing Ceteareth-20 especially if you have dry, sensitive, or damaged skin.
  • Easily Blends: Ceteareth 20 stabilizes emulsions when blended with other emulsifiers like glyceryl stearate. Moreover, Ceteareth 20 can be used along with different types of oils and active substances as well.
  • Acts as Stabilizer: Ceteareth 20 is often used to stabilize various dispersed systems as it acts as a colloid that is protective in nature. Ceteareth 20 also proves to be useful as a thickener in gels and other solutions where colloidal consistency is expected from the final product.

How to Use Ceteareth-20?

The recommended concentration level ranges from 0.5 to 30% but the higher concentration level is only suitable for creating hydrates that are gel-like and brush-able.

Product Specifications

Raw Material Source: Vegetable oils & Ethylene Oxide
Manufacturing Process: Firstly, fatty alcohols such as stearyl and cetyl alcohols are obtained by processing vegetable oils and then they are ethoxylated with the help of ethylene oxide as the final product should contain 20 molecules of ethylene oxide.
Chemical Formula: R(OCH2CH2)n
CAS Number: 68439-49-6
INCI Name: Ceteareth-20
Molecular Weight: 314.5 g/mol
Specific Gravity: N/A
Boiling Point: N/A
Flash Point: N/A
Odor: N/A
PH Level: 3-12
HLB Value: N/A
Color: White
Grade Standard: Industrial Grade
Shelf Life: 24 months
Purity (%): 99%
Form: Granules
Alternative Names: Polyoxyethylene(20) Cetylstearylether.
Solubility: Yes
Applications: Creams, gels, foundations, lotions, sunscreen applications, conditioners, and different types of products that are emulsion based contain Ceteareth-20.

CAUTION: Ceteareth-20 is only formulated to be used for external applications.

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