Glucosides are natural ingredients modified by a chemical process called glycosylation. Glycosylation makes the ingredients (vitamins and compounds from natural extracts) more stable, bio-available, and water-soluble in formulations. Some glucosides are perfect emollients that also improve the skin's water contents. These parts of beauty formulas can moisturize and soften skin and hair.
There are many glycosides in the planting and animal world. For healing methods, important glycosides are: arbutine in the leaves of Bearberries, salicine in willow bark, anthraglucosides in Rhubarb, and refuse trees. Also, the anthocyans as red and blue dyes of flowers and berries are glycosides. Again other important glucosides are saponins (triterpenoids). The name saponins come to foam from their quality in a watery solution strongly (Sapo is in the Latin soap).
Made from vegetable oils and starch, alkyl glucosides (also called alkylpolyglucosides) are in demand for their performance, mildness, and low ecotoxicity. Alkylpolyglucosides are a unique class of non-ionic surfactants for broad applications in skin and hair care products. Those are widely used in consumer products found on virtually every store shelf, ranging from baby shampoos, facial cleansers, and makeup removers. Alkyl glucosides meet the demand for mild, environmentally green, and powerful ingredients.