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Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside

What is Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside?

Caprylyl/Decyl Glucoside is a plant-based surfactant that is commonly used in personal care products such as shampoos, body washes, and household cleaning products.1 It is derived from corn, coconuts, and other plant materials. It is produced by reacting glucoside from corn starch with the fatty alcohol decanol, which is derived from coconut. 


Is Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside Safe?

Caprylyl/Decyl Glucoside is generally considered to be safe for use in personal care products.1 It has a low potential for irritation and is less likely to cause allergic reactions compared to some other surfactants.1 However, it is derived from corn, which is a common allergen, so it is important to carefully read ingredient lists and patch test new products before use, especially if you have a history of allergies or sensitivities. 

What Are Some Uses of Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside?

Caprylyl/Decyl Glucoside is also used in a variety of other applications such as cleaning products, textile processing, and industrial applications.2 Caprylyl/ Glucoside is a non-ionic surfactant, which means that it does not have a charge and does not interact with other ions in solution.2 This property makes it a good choice for use in products that are meant to be pH balanced and gentle on the skin.2


1 CosmeticsInfo. (2021). Decyl Glucoside. Retrieved from

2 Personal Care Council. (2021). Ingredient Search: Decyl Glucoside. Retrieved from

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