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


Source: http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/ceteareths

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