Some alcohols are fatty waxes that are used as emulsifiers. These include Cetyl alcohol and Cetearyl alcohol, both of which we use in some of our products.
These alcohols are very beneficial to the skin, having softening and nourishing properties, as well as forming and stabilising the emulsions of the creams and lotions they are used in.
Another form is Benzyl alcohol which is an aromatic compound found in many fruits and berries and which is used in some products as a natural preservative.
The alcohol that people generally try to avoid is ethanol or ethyl alcohol. This is the volatile substance that is found in alcoholic drinks and which can have a drying and sensitising effect on the skin, we do not use these alcohols.
Ethanol has nothing in common with Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Benzyl alcohol apart from the fact that they all have an Oxygen/Hydrogen pairing at the end of their molecules. They have totally different properties and people wishing to avoid Ethanol should have no concerns over using Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol or Benzyl alcohol.