Cetyl Alcohol Crystallization

Dear fellow Chemists,

I am encountering a strange phenomenon (to me at least) where it appears that my cetyl alcohol is recrystallizing over time, could you please offer your advice on how I might remedy this? Oil phase below. Recrystallization appears as small circles of white that form semi-solid pieces over a time span of a month. It is of note that the oil phase is added directly to the water phase, one at a time at 80C.

4% Cetyl Alcohol
1.5% Peg-100 Stearate/Glyceryl Stearate
1% Cap/Cap
0.5% Dimethicone

Thank you for any help you provide and I look forward to your feedback!



  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Can you substitute Cetearyl for Cetyl?
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • I could give it a try. I can imagine how the stearyl alcohol's presence would inhibit a crystallization matrix. Thanks for the suggestion @Bobzchemist!
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