What is it?
Glyceryl Caprylate is a monoester of glycerin and caprylic acid that serves as an emulsifier and skin conditioning agent.
What does it do?
Glyceryl caprylate serves as an emulsifier but also has emollient properties which can offer skin conditioning properties.
How is it made?
Glyceryl caprylate is manufactured by esterification of glycerol with caprylic acid. Both are derived from palm - or coconut oil. When palm oil and/or coconut oil are split into the resulting glycerin and fatty acids through fat splitting, the glycerin is recovered and recombined with just the caprylic acid (fatty acid) in a process known as esterification to form the glyceryl caprylate ingredient.
What are the alternatives?
There are emulsifiers on the market which would not meet the standards of our Stewardship Model.
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.