Texture enhancer

Cocoglycerides at a glance

  • Used as emollients and thickening agents in cosmetics
  • A mixture of mono, di, and triglycerides derived from coconut oil
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics
  • Also used in pharmaceuticals and as a food additive

Cocoglycerides description

Cocoglycerides are used as emollient and thickening agents in cosmetics. They are a mixture of mono, di, and triglycerides derived from coconut oil. In addition to their applications in skin care, they are used as a consistency agent in pharmaceuticals and even as a food additive. Cocoglycerides are used less often in skin care than their related ingredient, hydrogenated cocoglycerides. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has deemed cocoglycerides are safe as used in cosmetics, where usage range typically ranges from 0.2–14%.

Cocoglycerides references

  • The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, November 2018, pages 40-44
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2011, Supplement 3, pages 5S-16S

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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