Coconut derivatives
Ultimate List of Coconut Derivatives

10 Ingredients That May Be Coconut Derivatives

If you are looking for a comprehensive list of skin care and personal care ingredients that may be derived from coconut, check out our article The Ultimate List of Coconut Derivatives in Skin Care. Some of these ingredients are very often derived from coconut. However there are exceptions.

Today we are starting a new series of articles where we will share with you ingredients that can be derived from coconut, but can be made from other ingredients too.

Derived from Coconut Derivatives or Something Else?

In today’s list, we are going to be focusing on the common ingredient Glycerin, also known as Glycerol or glycerine. Glycerin is very effective in skin care because it is a humectant. It can be derived from coconut oil, which can be a problem if you are allergic to coconut.

Important note: If a brand says they use “vegetable derived glycerin” – that can include coconut!

Glycerin is also used to make many other ingredients. The good news is that it can be made from a variety of fatty oils and even petroleum, so you don’t have to cross out a potential product just because it contains these ingredients:

  1. Glycerin/Glycerine/Glycerol
  2. Ethylhexylglycerin
  3. Glyceryl Dibehenate
  4. Glyceryl Glucoside
  5. Glyceryl Monostearate
  6. Glyceryl Ricinoleate
  7. Glyceryl Stearate
  8. Glyceryl Behenate 
  9. Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate
  10. PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate

What Do They Make Their Glycerin From?

We’re going to share some of our secrets here. We have written many brands asking what they make their glycerin from. Here are some things that we have noticed. Firstly, most brands are well aware of where their glycerin comes from. That’s amazing for us, because it clears up a lot of doubts right away.

The second thing we learned is that the bigger the brand is, there is a higher probability that their glycerin comes from various sources and may vary between one product and the next. That’s a bit of a bummer because it means you need to ask specifically about each product that you are interested in to know whether or not they use coconut-derived glycerin (or other ingredients made from glycerin as seen in the list above.)

  • 100 Percent Pure: Coconut
  • Acure: Coconut
  • Amara Beauty: Soybean
  • Burt’s Bees: Palm
  • Christina’s Natural Qualities: Palm
  • Clarins: Palm
  • Clean Kids: Palm
  • Coola: Coconut
  • Conscious Skincare: Coconut
  • Country Rose: Soybean
  • Dr Barbara Sturm: Rapeseed
  • Dr. Hauschka: Coconut
  • Eclat: Beans
  • Ere Perez: Coconut, Palm
  • Fanciful Fox: Coconut
  • Farmacy Beauty: Soybean, Canola, Palm, Coconut 
  • Fat and the Moon: Soybean
  • Good Molecules: Corn
  • Hyakkaso: Palm
  • Isabella’s Clearly: Soy, Palm, Coconut, Corn
  • June Jacobs: Palm
  • Kiehl’s: Palm, Rapeseed, Sunflower
  • Klorane: Palm
  • Laneige US: Coconut, Palm
  • L’Occitane: Coconut, Palm, Rapeseed, Sunflower
  • L’Oreal: Palm, Rapeseed, Sunflower
  • Lush: Rapeseed Oil
  • Monday Muse: Rapeseed (The Cleanser Soft Milky Gel)
  • Naturie: Palm
  • Neutrogena: Soybean, Coconut, Palm
  • Odylique: Corn

Odylique Silk-Touch Cleanser

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  • Om: Coconut
  • Omiana: Coconut
  • Oribe: Palm
  • Pias Intercosmex: Palm
  • RD Alchemy: Coconut, Palm 
  • RevitaLash Cosmetics: Palm
  • Revolution Skincare: Coconut
  • Skin & Tonic: Rapeseed
  • The Naked Bee: Palm
  • Urb Apothecary: Flaxseed (Lavender Milky Oat Mist)
  • UpCircle: Rapeseed and Soybean

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At the time we contacted these brands about the ingredients used in specific products, we were told that these are the sources of their glycerin. If you are interested in the brands in this list, it would be worthwhile to ask them directly if this product is right for you. Check with a doctor too while you’re at it.

What can you do with this information?

When you see one of these ingredients on a product you want to purchase, you can contact the manufacturer and ask what they make the ingredient from.

Does that seem like too much work?

Then check out these products that we already investigated for you:

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