Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether


Cleansing Agent

Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether at a glance

  • Skin care ingredient that can be used to impart emollience
  • Boosts preservation stability of formulations
  • May also serve as a surfactant (cleansing agent or foam booster)
  • Spreads easily and contributes to less greasy, lighter emulsions
  • Recognized as a safe cosmetic ingredient

Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether description

Caprylyl glyceryl ether is a skin care ingredient that can be used to impart emollience and enhance hydration. Suppliers of this ingredient note that it spreads easily and contributes to less greasy, lighter emulsions. It may also be used as part of a preservative blend to boost the efficacy against contaminants. Other functions include serving as a surfactant (cleansing agent or foam booster). Caprylyl glyceryl ether is produced by the condensation of octanol (non-sensitizing fatty alcohol) and glycerin (humectant). It may be plant-derived or synthetic. In addition to facial skin care, caprylyl glyceryl ether commonly shows up in deodorant products. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel deemed caprylyl glyceryl ether safe as used in cosmetics in their 2013 report. Suppliers suggest usage concentrations between 0.3 to 1.0%. As a raw material, caprylyl glyceryl ether is described as a light, yellow liquid.

Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether references

  • SACHEM (supplier info), Accessed November 2022, ePublication
  • (supplier info), Accessed November 2022, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2013, pages 5S-21S

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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