carnaubaCetyl Esters Wax offers an easy way to increase the viscosity (thickness) of your creams and lotions while also improving the feel.

There is some confusion about the naturalness of this material because it is referred to as a synthetic Spermaceti Wax.

Spermaceti Wax is waxy liquid harvested from Whales, and when the industry realized that there was a demand for a more friendly approach they created the synthetic alternative, Cetyl Esters Wax, which is produced from coconut.



  • Enhance texture
  • Stabilize and Thicken Formulations
  • Skin Conditioning Agent
  • Vegan alternative to Beeswax

Applications include:

Cosmetics, Creams & Lotions, Cleansing Products, Makeup, Hair Conditioners, Hair Dyes, Pharmaceuticals, Pomades, and Salves/Ointments.


Cetyl Esters are compatible with most vegetable and mineral waxes, as well as vegetable oils, mineral oils and petrolatum's.


Cetyl Esters Wax Properties:

Test Method Specification
Melting Point, Capillary Tube, Class II Current NF monograph 43.0°C - 48.0°C
Acid Value Current NF monograph 5.0 Maximum
Saponification Value Current NF monograph 109-120
Iodine Value Current NF monograph 1.0 Maximum
Paraffin and Free Acids Current NF monograph Passes





INCI Name: Cetyl Esters
CAS Number: 85566-24-1
Country of Origin: USA


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