|What is it?||Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is a liquid non-ionic surfactant made from vegetable derived fatty acids and glucose. I often refer to it as C/C Glucoside since it’s shorter!|
|Appearance||A viscous, pale yellow liquid.|
|Usage rate||up to 40%|
|Active Surfactant Matter||60%|
|Why do we use it in recipes?||It is gentle and contributes great lather to body washes, hand washes, face washes, and anything else liquidy that we want to add bubbles to!
It’s also a good solubilizer—much better than many other surfactants. This means we can incorporate essential and fragrance oils into products like hand washes without the need for another solubilizer, like Polysorbate 20.
|Do you need it?||If you’re only going to buy one liquid, non-ionic surfactant, I’d recommend this one.|
|Strengths||Good lather + solubilizing.|
|Weaknesses||Harder to find than coco glucoside.|
|Alternatives & Substitutions||Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is quite unique as it is often used as both a surfactant and a solubilizer, so you’ll need to replace both functions.
The alternative I typically suggest is coco glucoside for the cleansing/lathering with added polysorbate 20 and/or polysorbate 80 to solubilize whatever the Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside was solubilizing. You’ll also need to lower the pH of your final product if you use coco glucoside as it has a much higher pH than Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside.
|How to Work with It||Since it is liquid it can be used in cold-processed recipes, but it can be heated in the heated water phase if needed. Avoid vigorous stirring/agitation so you don’t work up too much lather.|
|Storage & Shelf Life||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside should last for two years.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is the only acidic non-ionic surfactant I’ve managed to find.|
|Recommended starter amount||250mL (8fl oz)|
|Where to Buy it||Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.|
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Some Recipes that Use Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside
- Hand Wash for Lots of Handwashing
- Rosé Conditioning Hair Foam
- Pemberley Foaming Facial Cleanser
- Even Better Makeup Brush Cleanser
- Christmas Tree Body Wash
- Christmas Tree Foaming Hand Wash
- Citrus Burst Hand Wash
- Foaming Shaving Cream