Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol is not an ""alcohol"". This natural ingredient is made from Coconut and Palm oils. It's a fatty alcohol wax similar to beeswax, (without the bees) it is not an ""alcohol"" like rubbing alcohol.
It is a white, waxy, solid in the form of flakes made from vegetable plant sources.
It helps to stabilize the ingredients of creams, lotions and other products. It also hydrates the skin and hair.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG's) Skin Deep is the world's largest personal care product safety guide. They rate ingredients according to their hazard score on a 0-10 scale from low to high hazard. For example, they give water a score of 0.
Accordingly they have rated Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol with a score of 0.