cetyl palmitate

The ester of cetyl palmitate and palmitic acid, this thickener and emollient helps smooth and condition dry skin. The ingredients that comprise cetyl palmitate are naturally-occurring fatty acids. It may be derived from animals but can also (and is usually) derived from plants or manufactured synthetically.

References for this information:

International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement, September 2015, pages 5Sā€“69S
Nanotechnology, Volume 19, Number 9, March 2008, ePublication
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, August 2007, pages 141ā€“148

See fatty acid ester

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