Caprylic/capric triglyceride

What is it? 

Caprylic/capric triglyceride is an oily liquid made from palm kernel or coconut oil. It is a mixed ester composed of caprylic and capric fatty acids attached to a glycerin backbone. Caprylic/capric triglycerides are sometimes erroneously referred to as fractionated coconut oil, which is similar in composition but typically refers to coconut oil that has had its longer chain triglycerides removed. Chemically speaking, fats and oils are made up mostly of triglycerides whose fatty acids are chains ranging from 6–12 carbon atoms, in this case the ester is comprised of capric (10 carbon atoms) and caprylic (8 carbon atoms).

What does it do?

Caprylic/capric triglyceride creates a barrier on the skin's surface, which helps to decrease the loss of moisture. Its oily texture helps to thicken and provides a slipperiness to the product, which helps make our prebiotic deodorants easy to apply and leave a non-greasy skin feel.

How is it made? 

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Caprylic/capric triglycerides are naturally occurring in coconut and palm kernel oils. To make this ingredient, the oils are split and the specific fatty acid (capric acid and caprylic acid) are isolated and recombined with a glycerin backbone to form the capric/caprylic triglyceride, which is then bleached and deodorized using clay, heat and steam. No other additives or processing aids are used.

What are the alternatives?

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) including caprylic/capric triglycerides are naturally found in a variety of animal and vegetable fats. These sources typically contain low amounts, but palm kernel oil contains a significant amount, which is why we source caprylic/capric triglyceride from this source.

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.