Caprylic capric triglycerides
Otherwise known as MCT Oil
and sometimes mistakenly referred to us Fractionated Coconut Oil, Caprylic capric triglycerides (CCT) are derived from coconut oil. It is an excellent emollient and moisturiser and is a popular ingredient in moisturising creams and lotions. Caprylic/capric triglycerides are considered to be a more natural alternative to other emollients and texture enhancers. This is why it is often used in the natural or clean beauty industry
CCT creates a barrier on the skin’s surface, decreasing the amount of moisture lost through the skin, functioning not only to prevent dryness in skin, but also as a skin conditioning agent. More
It contains anti-oxidants and so has a long shelf life. It can help stabilise and lengthen the shelf life of creams and lotions.
Add to your creams and lotions especially if your formulation includes plant oils to reduce the heaviness and greasiness typical of plant oil based creams.
Simply replace part of the plant oil component in your recipe with this ester. For example if your formulation includes 15% plant oils then try replacing 5% of the oils with 5% Caprylic Capric Triglycerides. You’ll feel the difference. Indeed if you wanted a cream that was very light on the skin and easily absorbed you could replace all the oils in your formulation or combine with Propanediol Dicaprylate (50:50) for an even lighter skin feel.
INCI: Caprylic Capric Triglycerides
Recommended Usage 2% – 15%
Typical Usage Rate: 2% to 5% In creams and lotions. Add to heated oil phase
Form: Clear liquid. None to minimal odour.