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Behenyl alcohol

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Behenyl alcohol is a plant-based fatty alcohol that is used in many cosmetic products. It has various functions, such as regulating the viscosity, stabilizing the emulsion or caring for the skin. In this article, you will learn more about behenyl alcohol, its origin, its effect and its advantages and disadvantages.

What is behenyl alcohol?

Behenyl alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol with the chemical formula C22H46O. It belongs to the so-called long-chain alcohols, which consist of more than 16 carbon atoms. It is a white, waxy solid that melts at around 65°C.

Behenyl alcohol is obtained from vegetable oils, primarily rapeseed oil. It is therefore palm oil-free and biodegradable. It should not be confused with ethanol or other short-chain alcohols, which can dry out or irritate the skin.

How does behenyl alcohol work?

Behenyl alcohol has several functions in cosmetic formulations. It can be used as an emulsifier or co-emulsifier to bind oil and water phases. It can also act as a thickener and stabilizer to improve the consistency and shelf life of products.

Behenyl alcohol also has skin-caring properties. It forms a light film on the skin that moisturizes and protects it from drying out. It also strengthens the skin barrier and makes the skin smooth and supple.

Where is behenyl alcohol used?

Behenyl alcohol can be found in many different cosmetic products, such as

  • Creams and emulsions for face and body
  • Body butter, bodywhip and ointments
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants
  • Solid shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • Lip care and lipstick

What are the benefits of behenyl alcohol?

Behenyl alcohol has several advantages as a cosmetic ingredient:

  • It is plant-based and palm oil-free
  • It is biodegradable and environmentally friendly
  • It is compatible with all skin types
  • It gives products a pleasant texture and a velvety skin feel
  • It improves skin hydration and protection

What are the disadvantages of behenyl alcohol?

Behenyl alcohol also has some potential disadvantages or limitations:

  • It can seal the skin or product too tightly if the concentration is too high
  • It can cause allergic reactions in some people
  • It may interact or be incompatible with other ingredients
  • It can be more expensive than other fatty alcohols

Behenyl alcohol is a versatile and highly recommended ingredient for cosmetic products. It is derived from vegetable oils and has both emulsifying and skin conditioning properties. It can be used in many different types of products to improve viscosity, stability, texture and effect. It is suitable for all skin types and has few disadvantages.

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