BEHENYL ALCOHOL (DOCOSANOL)

INCI: Behenyl alcohol

What is Behenyl alcohol?

Behenyl alcohol, also known as docosanol, is a colorless, waxy solid. It’s usually found naturally from vegetables, in their long-chain fatty acid mixture.

Use & Benefits

It has one characteristic of making a layer over water to minimize evaporation. This is particularly useful in hot weather. Same way it does not let moisture evaporate from skin or hair’s surface, thus act as emollient. It is similar to other members of the behenic group a good emulsion stabilizer. It is used as viscosity increasing agent. It is used in formulations such as ointments, scrubs, and body butter.

References
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=pKrBNbkE2c0C&pg=PA633&dq=behenic+acid&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSt8HX64jgAhVRcCsKHWRODyEQuwUILjAB#v=onepage&q=behenic%20acid&f=false