• Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈlȯr-əl\ \mə-ristl\ \glü-kə-ˌsīd\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: myristyl glucoside

What Is Lauryl/myristyl glucoside?

Lauryl/myristyl glucoside, or myristyl glucoside, is a substance derived from palm kernel oil, corn sugar, or coconut.[1] The ingredient is a type of alkyl glucoside, which is a substance formed by mixing alcohols and sugar or glucose.[2]

What Does Lauryl/myristyl glucoside Do in Our products?

Myristyl glucoside is a surfactant, meaning it breaks surface tension in liquids, allowing things to become clean. It is often found in sunscreen; lauryl glucoside can be found in hundreds of personal care products, including shampoo, facial cleansers, body wash, sunscreen, bubble bath, and a variety of other products.[3]

Why Puracy Uses Lauryl/myristyl glucoside

We use myristyl glucoside as a surfactant and cleanser. The Cosmetics Ingredient Review has deemed the ingredient safe for use in cosmetic products, and Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[1,6] Research shows the ingredient is typically not a skin irritant.[1,7]

How Lauryl/myristyl glucoside Is Made

Alkyl glucoside production first began in 1893 by reacting glucose with anhydrous ethanol to produce ethyl glucoside.[2] Today commercial production of myristyl glucoside and other alkyl polyglucosides generally starts by mixing palm, corn, or coconut alcohol with some kind of sugar, glucose, or glucose polymer under acidic conditions.[4,5] Myristyl glucoside in particular is created by condensing myristyl alcohol with glucose.[1,3]



[1] Personal Care Council
[2] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[3] Environmental Working Group
[4] Cosmetic Ingredient Review
[5] Ash, M., Ash, I. Handbook of Green Chemicals (2004) Synapse Info Resources 
[6] Whole Foods Market
[7] Elder, R.L. “Final report on the safety assessment of cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, isostearyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, and behenyl alcohol.” Journal of American College of Toxicology. 1988;7(3):359-413

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