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Why we use Decyl Glucoside?

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Decyl Glucoside is one of several Non-ionic surfactant found within Alkyl Polyglucosides family.

Decyl Glucoside is obtained from 100% renewable raw materials, through a combination of plant based fatty alcohol, which is derived from coconut or Palm Kernel and glucose (corn starch). Decyl Glucoside is a mild, and gentle, surfactant and because it does not dry the skin it is ideal for the

formulation of personal hygiene and toiletry products.

Decyl glucoside was first used in soaps and body cleansers because of its great foaming power, mildness, and its ability to lather easily and thicken while retaining skin moisture even when used repeatedly; prevent skin dryness. It also improves skin tolerance of a cosmetic formulation. Decyl glucoside is classified as a surfactant and this is why it is used in many products that are primarily used for personal hygiene and toiletries. It also helps to moisturize the skin to prevent inflammation and itchiness. Decyl glucoside has many other qualities making it compatible with other cleaning chemicals and agents.

Is Decyl Glucoside Toxic?

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 alkyl polyglucosides 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 nonirritating. 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 skin on fruits, such as berries and cherry tomatoes, which is why it is used in Fruit & Veggie Sprays also.

Are people allergic to it?

In typical formulations, it’s gentle, non-irritating, non-allergenic, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and doesn’t have any known adverse effects on bodily organs or on reproductive health. It’s the ideal surfactant for people who have sensitive skin and those who are worried about the health effects of other surfactants. Decyl Glucoside does not contain any impurities. Its chemical nature and the production process results in a surfactant without ethylene oxide and is suitable for baby, and pet products.

Decyl glucoside has superior ability to form and hold stable foam for a non-ionic surfactant. This makes it ideal for bath products like bubble baths. For products that require even better foaming ability, it’s combined with other surfactants. Tolerant of high electrolyte formulations and because decyl glucoside is a mild surfactant that doesn’t irritate the skin, products that may contain this all important ingredient include shampoos, conditioners, bubble baths, cleansers, shower gels, bath oils, dermatological liquid soaps, wipes, body washes, shaving foams, liquid soaps, toothpaste, hair coloring, hair straightening products and permanent wave solutions.

It’s also a common ingredient in baby shampoo and a perfect ingredient in shaving creams and facial cleansers since it foams well and is gentle for all hair types.

It is also used in anti–dandruff shampoo treatments, eczema creams and lotions and many other skin care regiments. The inevitability of encountering it is slim because it is a common ingredient in most skin care products and hair care products as well.


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