PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate


Cleansing Agent

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate at a glance

  • Emollient, surfactant, and emulsifier that’s partially derived from coconut
  • Often used in moisturisers, hair conditioners, and cleansers
  • Purification process helps control any potentially dangerous byproducts
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate description

PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate is a complex blend of a polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivative and coconut + glycerin-derived cleansing agent, meaning that it can be described as coconut-derived. The blend can be an emollient, emulsifier, and surfactant. As an emollient, it helps soften and smooth skin, making it a useful addition to moisturisers, hair conditioners, and cleansers. There have been some concerns about the safety of this ingredient because of the presence of ethylene oxide in it. Ethylene oxide can react with other chemicals in a process called ethoxylation, which can lead to contamination by 1,4-dioxane, a dangerous byproduct. This byproduct can be eliminated through controlled purification processes, which is how cosmetic PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate is produced. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled that PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate is safe as used in rinse-off products and is safe in leave-on products in amounts up to 10%.

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate references

  •, Accessed November 2021, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2020, pages 26S–58S
  • Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, July 2018, pages 373–381
  • European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, July 2017, ePublication

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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