CETAC 30%, Cetrimonium Chloride

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CAS: 112-02-7

CETAC 30% - Cetrimonium Chloride is a cationic quaternary ammonium salt that is used as a light hair conditioning agent. Its use in conditioners and cream rinses improves both wet and dry combing and reduces static electricity.  As it is cationic, it is used primarily in conditioning products rather than in shampoos.

This product is a 29 - 30% active solution of cetyl trimethyl ammonium chloride.

It also finds use as a topical antiseptic and a preservative due to its ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms.  It is used as a surfactant (for cleansing and emulsifying) and a suspending agent.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review determined CETAC is safe to use in leave on products at 0.25% active. The EU has suggested usage rates of 2.5% active in rinse off hair care products, 1.0% active in leave on hair care products, and 0.5% active in leave on facial cream products. This is due to the potential for it to be a skin irritant at higher amounts.

Recommended Usage Rates for CETAC 30%: 

  • Rinse off products: 0.25 - 10%
  • Leave on products: Up to 1%

INCI: Cetrimonium Chloride

Note: This product is now considered Hazardous Material for international shipping because it is considered an environmental hazard.  As such, at this time, we are unable to ship it internationally.  It can only be shipped domestically in the USA and via UPS Standard into Canada, as it is not regulated by DOT.  It cannot be shipped via International Mail or UPS International. Placing it in your shopping cart will cause these shipping options to disappear.

California Prop 65 Statement: The following statement is made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This product is not known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Appearance: Colorless to pale yellow, transparent liquid
pH (5% Solution): 3.0 - 4.0%
Solubility: Water soluble

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