Decyl Glucoside

What is it?

Decyl glucoside is a mild cleanser used in cosmetic formularies including baby shampoo and in products for individuals with a sensitive skin. It is plant-derived, biodegradable, and gentle for most hair types.

What does it do?

Decyl glucoside helps properly disperse the ingredients, and ensure easy rinsing and removal of residue.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Decyl glucoside is produced by the reaction (known as esterification) of glucose from corn starch with the fatty alcohol capric alcohol, which is obtained from coconut and/or palm oil.  The oil is split and the resultant fatty acids separated and reacted through a process known as hydrogenolysis to form the fatty alcohol.

What are the alternatives?

Other cleansing agents include soaps and surfactants, both naturally derived and synthetic, that could be used in place of decyl glucoside. We do not use animal-based soaps or synthetic surfactants as cleansing agents, but we do use vegetable-based soaps and other naturally derived surfactants in some of our products.

Is this the right option for me?

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.