This vegetable-derived alcohol is in many conditioning formulas and can also be used to increase the foaming effect of a particular product. Cetearyl Alcohol is noted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to be non-toxic to humans. Generally this ingredient is purchased from product makers in the form of white flakes that appear granular and waxy. It is a mixture of fatty alcohols known to be oil-soluble, but not water-soluble. However, when added with other certain ingredients, this compound can aid in the emulsification of oil and water-based elements. To achieve the right balance, an adequate amount of Cetearyl Alcohol should be added to a formula to ensure that it is absorbed by skin, and doesn't just linger on the surface.