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Cetyl Lactate

Purposes of use
Medical materials
Cetyl Lactate

Smooths and softens skin and hair. It is used as a material in many creams and cosmetics.

Cetyl Lactate is the ester of Lactic Acid and Cetyl alcohol, and is a white waxy solid. It is used as an emollient that is excellent in lubricating the skin and flexibility, and can add a favorable texture to the skin or hair. It decreases greasiness, such as gloss and stickiness, and inhibits the drying due to an alcoholic solution, to protect the skin and hair. In addition, it has the effect of facilitating the absorption of pharmaceuticals via the skin.

Basic information

Package unit, packing style

15kg can

Features (information on components, physical properties)

Chemical name, IUPAC name

Cetyl Lactate

Another name




Chemical formula


Structural formula

Molecular weight


White soft solid that is odorless or has a faint peculiar odor

SolubilityInsoluble in water. Soluble in ethanol and ether

*For detailed information on harmfulness and data on properties of Cetyl Lactate, please see the safety data sheet (SDS).

Product specs

Product type

Cetyl Lactate

Product Specifications

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Main purposes of use and effects

Main applications


Lipsticks, creams, shampoos, and conditioners
Pharmaceutical and Health Foods Ointments and poultices

It is a white, wax-like solid made from ester compounds consisting of lactic acid and cetyl alcohol (hexadecanol), which is a 16-carbon alcohol.
It is used as a skin lubricant and emollient with excellent softening properties, which makes skin and hair soft to the touch. It has a low melting point near that of human body temperature and gives skin and hair a silky feeling. Because of these reasons, it is widely used as a base agent for shampoos, lipsticks, and various creams.
With its effects to promote absorption of various pharmaceuticals in the skin, it is added to pharmaceuticals that are applied to the skin.

Musashino Chemical Laboratory provides two different grades of this product. The general grade is used in various cosmetics and the pharmaceuticals additive grade meets the Pharmaceuticals Additive Standards.

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