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Cetyl Esters is a synthetic wax that is moderately translucent white to off-white in color. In cosmetics and personal care products, it is used in a wide variety of product types, including moisturizers, skin care and cleansing products, makeup, hair conditioners and hair dyes.
Cetyl Esters acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, giving it a soft and smooth appearance.
Cetyl Esters is a synthetic wax that has similar composition and chemical properties to a natural wax which is found in the blubber of whales.
The safety of Cetyl Esters has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Cetyl Esters was safe as used in cosmetics and personal care products.
CIR Safety Review: Cetyl Esters is a synthetic wax composed of a mixture of esters of saturated fatty acids and fatty alcohols with carbon chain lengths between 14 and 18. The esters that are found in Cetyl Esters include cetyl palmitate, cetyl stearate, myristyl myristate, myristyl stearate, cetyl myristate, and stearyl stearate. Safety data on four of these esters (cetyl palmitate, cetyl stearate, myristyl myristate, and myristyl stearate) have previously been reviewed and were summarized in the CIR report.
Overall, the data showed no systemic toxicity, no sensitization or photosensitization, and little irritation. Because of the structural similarity of cetyl myristate and stearyl stearate to these four ingredients, it is expected that they would behave in a similarly nontoxic manner. If made from plants, Cetyl Esters may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union. If components of Cetyl Esters are made from animal sources, they must must comply with the European Union animal by-products regulations.
Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_p...
Cetyl Esters is a mixture of the following esters of saturated fatty acids and fatty alcohols: cetyl palmitate, cetyl stearate, myristyl myristate, myristyl stearate, cetyl myristate, and stearyl stearate. It is used as a skin conditioning agent -emollient in cosmetics and personal care products. Emollients are cosmetic ingredients which help to maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function by their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the stratum corneum to act as lubricants, to reduce flaking, and to improve the skin's appearance.
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