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CAS Number 54549-25-6
Chem/IUPAC Name: (3R,4S,5S,6R)-2-decoxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxane-3,4,5-triol
EINECS/ELINCS No: 259-218-1
COSING REF No: 75502
Decyl glucoside is a non-ionic surfactant that is used as a foaming, cleansing, conditioning, or emulsifying agent. It can be used as a base surfactant or a co-surfactant in cleansers. It has excellent foaming capacity and good dermatological compatibility. It can be used alongside other glucosides to enhance the foam and skin conditioning properties. It can also be used in ionic formulations to add foam depth and emulsifying properties.

What is DECYL GLUCOSIDE used for?

Decyl glucoside has an excellent foaming capacity and is very skin-friendly. It is often used on just any skin type and is a suitable co-surfactant in many cleansing products. It is considered ideal for sensitive skin types. It is used alongside glucosides to enhance foaming and skin conditioning properties. It helps in removing dirt, oil and hydrates the skin/scalp well. It has emulsifying properties and nourishes the body well. In hair care preparations, it helps removing buildup without stripping hair of color or natural oils.
  • Skin care: It acts as an emulsifier, creates mild foam, makes the skin smooth and provides hydrating feel. It is used in facial cleansers, liquid body washes, moisturizers, liquid hand soaps, baby soap, baby shampoo, makeup remover, bubble bath, baby bubble bath, exfoliant/scrub, baby wipes, facial moisturizer, serums, bar soap, bath oil/salts/soak, sunscreens, shaving creams
  • Hair care: It is a gentle surfactant that cleanses the scalp and hair of dirt and excess oil without the risk of irritation. It is widely used in baby shampoos, shampoos, conditioner, beard cleansers. It is able to provide a luxurious lather that does not irritate the scalp and used in hair masks as well. It does not strip off the natural oils which makes it a great option for those with dry or curly hair who want to remove buildup and avoid harshly disrupting the scalp's natural oil production. Decyl glucoside has superior foaming properties compared with other cleansers and thus helps to add texture or volume to the hair shaft


Decyl glucoside is an ingredient derived from plant-derived substances made from fats, sugars, and alcohols commonly found in corn sugars, coconuts, and palm oils. Chemically, it is an alkyl glucoside made from a glucose reaction from the corn starch with fatty alcohol. Decyl glucoside is also known as decyl alcohol as it is found in palm oils and coconuts.

What does DECYL GLUCOSIDE do in a formulation?

  • Cleansing
  • Emulsion stabilising
  • Foaming
  • Surfactant

Safety Profile of DECYL GLUCOSIDE

Comparable to the other alkyl polyglucoside surfactants, decyl glucoside is obtained from 100% renewable vegetable origin. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel assessed the safety of 19 alkyl glucosides including decyl glucoside as used in cosmetics and concluded that these ingredients are safe in the present practices of use and concentration when formulated, and are non-irritating. Since glucoside hydrolases in human skin are likely to break down these ingredients to release their respective fatty acids and glucose, the Panel also reviewed CIR reports on the safety of fatty alcohols and were able to extrapolate data from those previous reports to support safety. Decyl glucoside is a gentle cleanser delicate enough even for the delicate, sensitive skin. It’s considered mild, low toxicity, and eco-friendly, making it a great option to minimize the environmental footprint.

DECYL GLUCOSIDE Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 476.5±45.0°C at 760 mmHg
HLB Value 13-15
pH 11.5-12.5
Solubility Soluble in water and oil
Viscosity 1000-2500 mPa.s at 20°C

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely DECYL GLUCOSIDE

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