Coco caprylate/caprate is made by combining esters from coconut-derived fatty alcohol (the non-drying kind) with caprylic and capric acids, also from coconut. It may be plant-derived or synthetic--Paula’s Choice uses the natural form--and functions as a lightweight emollient.Along with providing emollient benefit, this ingredient can also help solubilize other cosmetic ingredients. It is considered safe as used in cosmetics.
References for this information:
Scientific Reports, December 2020, ePublication
The Online Journal of Science and Technology, October 2020, pages 152-157
International Journal of Toxicology, September 2015, pages 5S-69S
Cosmetic Ingredient Review, April 2013, pages 1-82
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