Coco Glucoside

What is it? Coco Glucoside is a gentle non-ionic surfactant made from coconut oil and sugar.
INCI Coco Glucoside
Appearance Semi-viscous yellowish liquid
Usage rate The CIR has not noted a maximum usage rate. Let the desired total active surfactant matter of your end product be your guide.
Texture Slippery, detergenty
Scent Characteristically detergenty
Active Surfactant Matter 55%
pH 11.5–12.5
Charge Non-ionic
Solubility Water
Why do we use it in formulations? Coco glucoside can be a good primary or secondary surfactant, contributing foaming/cleansing to an end product.
Do you need it? No
Refined or unrefined? Coco glucoside only exists as a refined product.
Strengths Coco glucoside is usually a fairly easy to source “natural” surfactant.
Weaknesses It has a fairly high pH and is a poor solubilizer; I prefer Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside.
Alternatives & Substitutions I tend to prefer Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside in any recipe that calls for coco glucoside.
How to Work with It Include it in the water phase of your formulations; it can be hot or cold processed.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, coco glucoside should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Realize Beauty has a great article on glucosides that’s worth a read!
Recommended starter amount 250mL (8fl oz) or less
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier.

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Some Formulations that Use Coco Glucoside


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February 7, 2019