Caprylyl Glycol (1,2-Octanediol) is alcohol (diol contains two hydroxy groups on 1 and 2 positions) colorless liquid derived from raw natural materials, widely used in skin care applications for its humectant, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antioxidant, and emollient properties. Thanks to its heat stability (do not decay) and a wide working pH range, it is a popular ingredient for both leave-on and rinse-off personal care products.
Thanks to its anti-parasitic property (dehydrates insect's cuticle) and safety, Caprylyl glycol is a perfect ingredient for treating children's head louse while conditioning hair and scalp. In addition, 1,2-Octanediol is a potent penetration enhancer that helps other formula components reach deeper layers of the skin.
It suppresses the growth of bacteria, molds, and yeasts. Still, primarily Caprylyl glycol is used as a preservative booster in combinations with other preservatives, helping to prolong the product's shelf-life. In addition, its viscosity allows control of the rheological properties of the formulation.
1,2-Octanediol is a good solubilizer and emollient that helps dissolve some ingredients or stabilize emulsions. It also improves the product's sensory profile, providing a pleasant feel and easy spreading consistency. In addition, Caprylyl glycol is an ecologically friendly biodegradable ingredient made from renewable raw materials, suitable for all types of personal care applications.