Glyceryl Caprylate



Glyceryl Caprylate at a glance

  • Multitalented emollient, emulsifier and cleansing agent
  • Made from portions of glycerin and coconut-derived caprylic acid
  • Helps boost a product’s preservative system
  • May be plant-derived or synthetic

Glyceryl Caprylate description

Glyceryl caprylate is a single ester of glycerin and the coconut-derived fatty acid caprylic acid. It’s a fairly solid ingredient with a wax-like texture and smooth finish. Usage levels of glyceryl caprylate varies by type of product and what the formulator is trying to accomplish. Amounts between 0.3–0.7% are standard for leave-on emulsion-type products such as moisturizers. If it’s being used as a wetting agent to improve texture or application, amounts between 0.3–1% are typically chosen. Rinse-off products such as cleansing oils may contain up to 5%. Glyceryl caprylate is considered safe and non-sensitizing as used in cosmetics.

Glyceryl Caprylate references

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2016, pages 496–503
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 2, March 2004, pages 55–94
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, March-April 2010, pages 107–123

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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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