Does Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate work as a suspending agent?

Hello chemists,

i'm working on a face/body scrub and i had a problem with Acrylates copolymer now i wanna know if Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate work as a suspending agent?

Thank you!


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
  • "STEPAN-MILD® GCC is a 100% bio-based emollient ester that is very versatile and offers benefits in many types of personal care applications. In hygiene formulations, it can boost the foam volume, enhance viscosity, gives conditioning properties and can offer a polymer-free suspending system (Stepan Structured Liquids patented technology). It has also been proven to act as a preservative booster. Lastly, its melting character and sensory properties can be an asset in skin care formulations."


    What do you think?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I think I'm skeptical of their claims. While they may have created a specific system in which they can demonstrate suspending ability, I don't believe it will generally work in most systems. I could be wrong, and would be eager to be shown that, but I don't think I am.
  • You might be right, i'll experiment with the sample and see what happens, better be skeptical than accepting all claims.

    Thank you!
  • UPDATE: Didn't work as a suspending agent, it helped me increase the viscosity but bad particule suspension.
  • LisaSLisaS Member
    The supplier may require specific conditions for suspension to happen, so I would reach out to them. But I haven't run into any situation or conditions where this could be used as a suspending agent. 
  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    Maybe it's supposed to help as co-factor by increasing wetability of certain (hydrophobic) particles?
  • chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
    GCC does not contribute any yield value so it will not suspend anything unfortunately; a misnomer by Stepan. However, it works really well as a surfactant builder for viscosity as you found out plus it is an excellent solvent as well. I built a nifty graffiti remover with it a few years back. (And, no, I do not work for Stepan, but Perry and I do know some fine chemists here in Chicago who do.) 
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