Ceteareths (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-14, Ceteareth-15, Ceteareth-16, Ceteareth-17, Ceteareth-18, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-22, Ceteareth-23, Ceteareth-24, 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) are non-ionic surfactants which work by attracting both water and oil at the same time.
- Ceteareths are used in cosmetics and personal care products including skin care products, moisturizers, hair conditioners, tanning products, and hair dyes, colors and tints.
- Ceteareth-2 to -19 and ceteareth-22 help to form emulsions
- Ceteareth-22 also decreases thickness of liquid cosmetics and personal care products.
- Ceteareth-20 to -40 help other ingredients dissolve in solvents
- combined with Ceteareth-50 to -100 help to clean the skin and hair