There are two main types of alcohols used in skincare, hair and bath products.
One category includes the aromatic, drying alcohols that we are all familiar with, the ones that evaporate quickly, leave a cooling sensation and often irritate the skin. Alcohol Ingredient names in this category include: isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, SD Alcohol, denatured Alcohol, ethanol, grain alcohol, vodka etc. This type of alcohol is not well tolerated on the skin by individuals that have sensitive skin, dry skin or any of a long list of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or dermatitis.
When people see the word “alcohol” we tend to equate it with these drying alcohols, however there is another other type of alcohol that you will frequently find while reading ingredient lists – this is the category of the fatty alcohols. They are non-drying and non-irritating to skin. These waxy substances are well tolerated and beneficial as a conditioner and emollient. Fatty alcohols can be derived from petrochemical sources or naturally derived from plant oils or animal fats.
Some of the more common alcohol Ingredient names in the fatty acid category include: Cetearyl alcohol, capric alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and stearyl, alcohol.
Gluten-Free Savonnerie Products do NOT contain typical, drying alcohol ingredients. The cetearyl alcohol in the lotion and the conditioner is derived from natural sources of coconut or palm.