Coco Caprylate/Caprate



Coco Caprylate/Caprate description

Coco caprylate/caprate is made by combining esters from coconut-derived fatty alcohol (the non-drying kind) with caprylic and capric acids, also from coconut. It may be plant-derived or synthetic--Paula’s Choice uses the natural form--and functions as a lightweight emollient. Along with providing emollient benefit, this ingredient can also help solubilize other cosmetic ingredients. It is considered safe as used in cosmetics.

Coco Caprylate/Caprate references

  • Scientific Reports, December 2020, ePublication
  • The Online Journal of Science and Technology, October 2020, pages 152-157
  • International Journal of Toxicology, September 2015, pages 5S-69S
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, April 2013, pages 1-82

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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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Not Rated