Maltooligosyl Glucoside



Maltooligosyl Glucoside at a glance

  • Used in skin care as a binding agent, emulsifier, hydrator, texture enhancer, and film former
  • Gives cosmetic products a smooth feel and is believed to provide soothing benefits
  • Sometimes used as an alternative to glycerin
  • Often combined with hydrogenated starch hydrolysate

Maltooligosyl Glucoside description

Maltooligosyl glucoside is a carbohydrate polysaccharide that’s naturally derived and then combined with a starch. It has multiple functions in cosmetics, including binding agent, emulsifier, hydrator, texture enhancer, and film-forming agent. Sometimes used as an alternative to glycerin, maltooligosyl glucoside gives cosmetic products a smooth feel and is believed to provide soothing benefits. This ingredient is often blended with hydrogenated starch hydrolysate. Suppliers of this combination claim it can be used for various functions including providing a protective coating for damaged hair and improving luster. In skin care formulas, the combo can be used to create bouncy foam textures. Usage levels in skin care range from 1–10%, depending on formulary needs and desired aesthetics. Although a formal safety assessment of this ingredient hasn’t been done, its carbohydrate chemical class is not known to present a risk to skin.

Maltooligosyl Glucoside references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed September 2021, ePublication
  • Asian Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, June 2016, pages 72-76

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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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