• Derived from: Coconut
  • Pronunciation: \ ˈal-kəl \ˈpä-lēˈglü-kə-ˌsīd \
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: APG, Sparteine or Triton

What Is Alkyl Polyglucoside?

Alkyl polyglucoside is a biodegradable ingredient derived from plant starch and fatty alcohol from coconuts.[1,2] It is also known as APG, Sparteine, or Triton.[3,4]  It is a surfactant and can often be found in personal care products, laundry products, bathroom cleaners, and other cleaning products.[5,6] 

How Is Alkyl Polyglucoside Made? 

Alkyl polyglucoside is typically made by reacting a fatty alcohol with a sugar using an acid as a catalyst.[8]

Is Alkyl Polyglucoside Natural? 

Alkyl polyglucoside is a biodegradable ingredient that is growing in popularity due to its favorable environmental profile.[9]  Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[10,11]

What Does Alkyl Polyglucoside Do in Puracy Products?

This surfactant ingredient is useful in products that need stable foam, low streaking, and no filmy residue.[7] 


[1] Dermatitis. 
[2] Sułek, Marian Włodzimierz et al. “Alkyl Polyglucosides as Components of Water Based Lubricants.” Journal of Surfactants and Detergents 16.3 (2013): 369–375. PMC. Web. 6 June 2018.
[3] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[5] Environmental Working Group
[6]Messinger, H. et al., “Investigations on the effects of alkyl polyglucosides on development and fertility.” Food Chem Toxicol. 2007 Aug;45(8):1375-82. Epub 2007 Feb 6.
[7] Dow.
[8] Google Patents.
[9]PR Newswire.
[10] Whole Foods Market
[11] Whole Foods Market

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