Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

  • Emollient
  • Solvent
INCI Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Very lightweight, fast absorbing and spreadable emollient with a pleasant skin feel
  • Reduces the greasiness of natural oils and butters
  • Made by esterification of Coconut Oil using just Caprylic and Capric Fatty Acids
  • Natural alternative to silicones and synthetic emollients (e.g. mineral oil)
  • Highly stable and resistant to oxidation
  • Suitable for skin, hair and facial care products
  • Works well with cleansers, surfactants and soaps
Type Naturally Derived
Kind Ester
Also Called
  • MCT Oil
Form Clear, lightweight oily liquid
Scent Odorless
Solubility Oil soluble
Derived From Coconut Oil
Products Creams, Lotions, Body Oils, Serums, Facial Products, Hair Products & Cleansing Products
Skin Type Recommendations All skin types
  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate
  • MCT Oil

Benefits of caprylic/capric triglyceride for skin and hair care formulations

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a lightweight ester made using the Caprylic and Capric fatty acids found in coconut oil. The esterification process results in an incredibly lightweight emollient that has a non-greasy application, fast absorption times and moisturises, softens and protects skin. It can also be used to reduce the heaviness of oil-rich products such as body butter and balms. Plant oils and butters are nutrient rich and incredibly beneficial but they can be temperamental in higher concentrations and weigh down hair and skin. Incorporating caprylic/capric triglyceride into products increases stability, improves texture and reduces greasiness. Caprylic/capric triglyceride is also suitable for sensitive skin, cleansers, acne-prone and facial care products which makes it a more versatile emollient compared to traditional oils.

Caprylic/capric triglyceride is often confused with fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil, see my explanation here for the differences between the three and how to use them in your cosmetic products.