What is it?Stearyl alcohol has emollient properties and also can function as an emulsifier and thickener in products. In the stick it helps to emulsify the active ingredient and fragrance into the wax base. It also helps modify the physical texture of the stick’s waxy base.
What are the alternatives?Other materials that can be used for this purpose in the product include synthetic waxes, petroleum waxes, silicones and other modified oils.
What are the risks?Stearyl alcohol has a long history of safe use in personal care products.
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