Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate


Texture enhancer

Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate at a glance

  • Used as an emollient and thickener/texture enhancer in cosmetic formulas
  • Described as offering a light, silky feel
  • Clear to yellowish liquid in raw material form
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel

Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate description

Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate is used as an emollient and thickener/texture enhancer in cosmetic formulas. Technically speaking, it is the water-soluble diester of neopentyl glycol and a blend of caprylic + capric acids. It may be synthetic or plant-derived, with either type being effective for skin. Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate is a clear to yellowish liquid in its raw form. Suppliers of this ingredient describe it as having a light, silky feel. Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate has been deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. Their assessment surveyed 102 products containing between 0.017-22.7%.

Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate references

  • SpecialChem (supplier info), Accessed October 2021, ePublication
  • Vantage (supplier info), Accessed October 2021, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2017, pages 1-48

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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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