Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, often mistaken for Fractionated Coconut oil is a key CurlyEllie Ingredient used in our CurlyEllie Nourishing Conditioner.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides was developed nearly 60 years ago and is produced by the esterification of glycerol (plant sugars) with mixtures of caprylic (C:8) and capric (C:10) fatty acids derived from coconut oils.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides are a specific type of coconut oil fatty acids. Some people refer to it as Fractionated Coconut oil. It is similar but not quite the same. This is because Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides uses the Caprylic and Capric Fatty Acids, while Fractionated Coconut Oil is a combination of all of the fatty acids, pulled through the distillation process.
The difference between Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides and Fractionated Coconut Oil are well documented and are obvious in the the feel and performance of the two oils.
- It has been shown that Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides offers a dry, silky oil feel while the Fractionated Coconut Oil has the feel of a regular carrier oil.
- In performance, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides are a suitable oil replacement, when you need to use it with emulsifiers that are intolerant of carrier oils, where the Fractionated Coconut Oil is not.
As an emollient, it both quickly and efficiently penetrates the surface to condition the skin/hair, and provides a lightweight and non-greasy barrier to the hair to retain moisture.
As a dispersing agent, it helps enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other active ingredients contained in a solution so that they become evenly spread out and fully absorbed by the epidermis.
The unique mix of fatty acids helps to repair the hairs surface and retain moisture in curly hair.
- Caprylic/capric triglyceride creates a barrier on the hair's surface, decreasing the amount of moisture lost. It not only prevent dryness of the hair and skin, but it also acts as a hair conditioning agent.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides produces a noticeable silkiness in products.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is considered non-sensitising, therefore it is perfect for sensitive skin.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides is especially suited to sensitive scalps.
- Plant derived