Widely used as an emollient in makeup bases, skin care products, etc. Used as a skin-conditioning ingredient. On the basis of available data, the CIR Expert Panel concludes that this ingredient is safe as used in cosmetics.
2-Octyl Dodecanol. A mixture of solid alcohols prepared from sperm whale oil. Unctyous, white flakes, insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ether. Can be prepared from sperm whale oil. A substitute for cetyl alcohol to obtain a firmer product at ordinary temperatures. Used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetic creams, for emulsions, as an antifoam, ingredient and a lubricant. No known toxicities.