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Ingredient Focus 7. Caprylic/Capric triglycerides

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Mineral oil is a representative victim of “organic & natural band wagon.” It has been appeared in “must avoid” list for past few years, mainly by the “organic” and “natural-friendly” cosmetic brands. Most of the time, they charged ridiculous amount of money by simply substituting mineral oil into other essential oils. Well, it is totally understandable of this irrational fear on mineral oil because mineral oil is a purified version of petrolatum. Who would want to use petrolatum derived oil for her precious skin?

But mineral oil is a relatively safe, especially when the purity is high enough. So it is used in many therapeutic ointments such as Vaseline or in baby products as in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil. However, despite of its moisturizing and anti-evaporating property, its comedogenic property is still in dispute. Even though recent researches suggest that highly purified mineral oil is not comedogenic, but products with mineral oil do feel quite rich and oily and we naturally avoid these products. You may wonder as “why on the earth this guy is talking about mineral oil in this posting?” Because caprylic/capric triglyceride is an almost perfect substitute for mineral oil. What’s the point to add oils in your cosmetics? The answer is simple. It does make your precious hydrophilic serums stay on your skin longer, rather than evaporate away like a wind. So it moisturizes your skin much longer than water-based products.


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is naturally driven fatty acid. Caprylic aicd and capric acid are octanoic acids (with 10 carbon chain) and linked to glycerol through ester bond. Caprylic acid and capric acid is are a minor derivatives extracted from coconut oil. So to make this long story simple, it is a mixture of glycerin & some coconut oil. The amazing part of this oil is that it does not feel oily and thick due to its relatively short carbon chain. So, it feels light on your skin while it keeps the moisture on your skin as good as mineral oil. It does not contain any double bonds in the fatty acid chain; it is resistant to the oxidization. It is a good emollient and excellent solvent without much thickening finish on your face.

Another advantage of caprylic/capric triglyceride is non-toxicity and good skin absorbance. The only problem is because of its processing and handling, it is an expensive ingredient compared to other emollients and solvents.




Tonymoly Floria Nutra energy Dual Essence

Safflower extract and caprylic/capric triglyceride in serum deeply hydrates your skin. When you mix the serum with the oil (on the second tube) containing high concentration of hydrogenated C6-20 polyolefin does provide deep nutrition to your dry and dull skin. Because of the high oil contents, it is more appropriate for dry skin.


Llang, Redgin Magic Oil

This red ginseng infused oil is all you need for your first skin care regime. Precious red ginseng oil and red ginseng water provides rich nutrition to your skin while caprylic/capric triglyceride and other moisturizers provide feather-like lightness.


Skinfood Yuja Water Cream

Yuja (Junos Fruit Extract) and niacinamide actively brighten your skin and good mixture of olive oil and caprylic/capric triglyceride nicely moisturize your dry skin without heavy and greasy finish. It is a perfectly balanced between lightness & rich nutrition, so this is an excellent cream for spring and fall for most of the skin types.


Elensilia CPP Lux Repair Gold Eye Cream

80% caviar extract, high concentration of niacinamide and caprylic/capric triglyceride makes your sensitive eye zone very moisturized while preventing early signs of aging. Glycosaminoglycans hydrate and repair damaged skin cell and adenosine is also added for anti-aging ingredient. The light yet nutritious texture is adequate to be used under makeup.


Shilhavy, Brian .. "Virgin Coconut Oil Beats Mineral Oil for Skin Health in New Study on Dermatitis." Coconut Oil. Health Impact News, 09 Feb. 2016. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

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