Ceteareth

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Chemical structure of ceteareth-n, where n is variable from 2 to 100 and m is 15 or 17

The INCI names ceteareth-n (where n is a number) refer to polyoxyethylene ethers of a mixture of high molecular mass saturated fatty alcohols, mainly cetyl alcohol (m = 15) and stearyl alcohol (m = 17). The number n indicates the average number of ethylene oxide residues in the polyoxyethylene chain.

These compounds are non-ionic surfactants work by attracting both water and oil at the same time, frequently used as emulsifiers in soaps and cosmetics.[1]

List of ceteareth compounds[edit]

  • Ceteareth-2
  • Ceteareth-3
  • Ceteareth-4
  • Ceteareth-5
  • Ceteareth-6
  • Ceteareth-7
  • Ceteareth-8
  • Ceteareth-9
  • Ceteareth-10
  • Ceteareth-11
  • Ceteareth-12
  • Ceteareth-13
  • Ceteareth-15
  • Ceteareth-16
  • Ceteareth-17
  • Ceteareth-18
  • Ceteareth-20 (CAS # 68439-49-6)
  • Ceteareth-22
  • Ceteareth-23
  • Ceteareth-25
  • Ceteareth-27
  • Ceteareth-28
  • Ceteareth-29
  • Ceteareth-30
  • Ceteareth-33
  • Ceteareth-34
  • Ceteareth-40
  • Ceteareth-50
  • Ceteareth-55
  • Ceteareth-60
  • Ceteareth-80
  • Ceteareth-100

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emulsifying Wax: What is it and how does it work?" (Web). Teach Soap.com. Retrieved 2007-12-02.