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Oleyl Alcohol

Chemical Formula: C18H36O




Clear liquid.


Oleyl alcohol is a nonionic surfactant used as a hair coating in shampoos and conditioners.

Oleyl alcohol is used as an emollient (skin softener), emulsifier, and thickener in creams and lotions.

It is an unsaturated fatty alcohol, similar to the saturated fatty alcohols stearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol.

cetyl alcohol: InChI=1/C16H34O/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17/h17H,2-16H2,1H3

cetyl alcohol: InChI=1/C12H22O11/c13-1-3-5(14)8(17)10(19)12(23-3)21-2-4-6(15)7(16)9(18)11(20)22-4/h3-20H,1-2H2/t3-,4-,5-,6-,7+,8+,9-,10-,11u,12-/m1/s1

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