Stearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol used as an emollient and to help keep other ingredients intact in a formulation. Not to be confused with the drying, irritating types of alcohol such as SD alcohol or denatured alcohol.
References for this information:
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Korea, 2009, Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 103-110
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2005, Volume 27, Issue 1, page 36
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