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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 160391-93-5
Chem/IUPAC Name: 1,2,3-Propanetriol, homopolymer, decanoates (1:1) (4 mol glycerol average molar ratio)
COSING REF No: 78907
Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is one of the best natural conditioning agents that have huge benefits for the skin. This ingredient has the ability to make the skin feel fresh, smooth and energized. It is a pale-yellow liquid that can dissolve in both oil and water. This means that it is also a good cleansing agent and can be found commonly in makeup removers. Lastly, it helps the other ingredients in a formulation disperse well and result in a stable product. This ingredient carries a very characteristic odor. The chemical formula of Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is C22H46O11.

What is POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE used for?

Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate benefits the skin and hair immensely. It is also an emulsifying agent that prevents the oil based and water-based ingredients from separating in a formulation. This enables a better texture of the cosmetic products and promotes even spreadability. It can be found in a variety of products like lotions, toners, shampoos and BB creams.
  • Skin care: In skin care products, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate acts like a conditioning and hydrating agent. It locks moisture on the skin and prevents it from drying or cracking. Further, it helps the other ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin and work their magic from within.
  • Hair care: Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is added to hair care products because it is great at controlling frizz and treating dull and damaged hair. This ingredient makes the hair extremely soft and is specifically good for curly shafts.


Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is the result of the reaction between capric acid and glycerol. Capric acid is a fatty acid found in coconut oil. Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is a natural ingredient and is also biodegradable. It can also be derived from rapeseed oil and palm oil.

What does POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE do in a formulation?

  • Cleansing
  • Emulsifying
  • Skin conditioning

Safety profile

Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is a safe ingredient because it is natural and shows no side effects. It doesn't irritate the skin or cause sensitivity and irritation. However, it can be mildly comedogenic and cause breakouts. It is recommended to do a patch test before full application. Further, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate is vegan and halal.


Technical profile

Property Values
Solubility Soluble in water
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