Oleyl alcohol

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Oleyl alcohol[1]
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CAS number 143-28-2 YesY
PubChem 5284499
ChemSpider 4447562 YesY
KEGG D05245 YesY
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Molecular formula C18H36O
Molar mass 268.478 g/mol
Density 0.845-0.855 g/cm3
Melting point 13 to 19 °C (55 to 66 °F; 286 to 292 K)
Boiling point 330 to 360 °C (626 to 680 °F; 603 to 633 K)
Solubility in water Insoluble
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Oleyl alcohol[pronunciation?], octadecenol[pronunciation?], or cis-9-octadecen-1-ol, is a fatty alcohol coming from beef fat. It is also found in fish oil. Its chemical formula is C18H36O or CH3(CH2)7-CH=CH-(CH2)8OH.

It is a non-ionic, unsaturated fatty alcohol.

It has uses as a nonionic surfactant, emulsifier, emollient and thickener in skin creams, lotions and many other cosmetic products, plasticizer for softening fabrics, surfactant and hair coating in shampoos and hair conditioners, and a carrier for medications.[2]


  1. ^ Chemicalland21.com
  2. ^ Record in the Household Products Database of NLM

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