• Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈkō-(ˌ)kō\ glī-sən-āt)
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: Sodium N-cocoyl glycinate

What Is Coco glycinate?

Coco glycinate is a substance derived from natural coco (coconut) fatty acid and the amino acid glycine. Coco fatty acid comes from coconuts, which grow on the cocos nucifera, or coconut palm tree. Coconut palms grow around the world in lowland tropical and subtropical areas where annual precipitation is low.[1,2] Widely cultivated, healthy coconut palms produce 50 nuts per year, and the tree can be used to produce everything from food and drink to fibers, building materials, and natural ingredients.[3,4] Glycine is a naturally occurring amino acid vital to manufacturing proteins. It is created in the liver and is found in the skin, muscles, and connective tissue.[5]

What Does Coco glycinate Do in Our products?

Coco glycinate is a surfactant that permits water, oil and dirt to mix, allowing things to become clean. The ingredient’s coconut base, combined with glycine, produces a smaller head group than other surfactants. This creates a creamy lather with less potential for damage to the outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum).[6] This reduces the amount of stearic acid that penetrates the skin and ultimately leads to less dryness and irritation versus other surfactants.

Why Puracy Uses Coco glycinate

We use coco glycinate as a next-generation surfactant and cleanser; it is almost exclusive to Puracy products. It produces large volumes of foam and allows moisturizers to hydrate the skin gently and without irritation. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[8]

How Coco glycinate Is Made

Coco glycinate is made by reacting chloroacetic acid or acrylic acid with an alkyl amine.[7]


[1] University of Florida IFAS Extension
[2] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[3] University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
[4] U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
[5] Aminoacidstudies.org
[6] Regan, J., Mollica, L. and Ananthapadmanabhan, K.P., “A Novel Glycinate-based Body Wash.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2013 Jun; 6(6): 23–30
[7] Broze, G.
Handbook of Detergents (April 14, 1999) CRC Press: 30
[8] Whole Foods Market

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