Caprylic/Capric triglycerides are esters (also known as medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs) prepared from fractionated food-grade vegetable oil (e.g., coconut oil), fractionated fatty acids (caprylic and capric), and glycerin. These triglycerides are designed explicitly for formulators interested in highly refined lightweight emollients with excellent after-feel solvents, fixatives, solubilizers, extenders, and carriers.
Caprylic/Capric triglycerides are light yellow or transparent liquids, wholly purified and deodorized with most organic solvents, including 95% ethanol. They have a long history of use as carriers of flavors and fragrances.
Thanks to very high polarity, triglycerides act as a solvent for lipophilic active ingredients and a universal emollient with good skincare properties (both good spreading and conditioning) and pleasant after-feel on the skin. Stable to oxidation, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride is a good ingredient for all types of creams and lotions, especially sun care products.