Stearyl alcohol is a mixture of solid aliphatic alcohols comprising mainly of a 18 carbon straight chain alcohol. It finds major use as a stiffening agent, thus increasing viscosity of the emulsion.
|Typical use level|
It is listed in the IID. For topical creams and emulsions, it can be evaluated up to 8% w/w as a rheology modifier
|Benefits / Claims|
Emollient, thickener, co-emulsifier, has also been evaluated as a penetration enhancer