Cetyl Alcohol Market - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024

1-hexadecanol, also known as cetyl alcohol, is a fatty alcohol. Its chemical formula is CH3 (CH2)15OH. Cetyl alcohol is found in the form of a waxy white solid at room temperature. The word cetyl derives from the Latin word ‘cetus’ meaning whale oil. The name is an indicator of the source from which cetyl alcohol was first isolated. In its early years, cetyl alcohol was manufactured by heating spermaceti, a waxy material obtained from whale oil, with potassium hydroxide. Cetyl alcohol flakes are left over post cooling. Modern day production involves the reduction of palmitic acid, which is obtained from palm oil. Cetyl alcohol is widely used in the personal care industry. It is used in shampoos in order to provide opacity to the product. It is also used as a moisturizer, emulsifier and thickening agent in skincare products such as creams and lotions. Alternatively, it is also employed as a lubricant for fasteners and screws.

Cetyl Alcohol Market - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024

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