Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are mixed triglycerides of saturated fatty acids with a chain length of 6 to 12 carbon atoms, mainly C8 (caprylic acid) and C10 (capric acid). MCT Oil can be obtained in two ways, by chemical recombination of refined fatty acids coming from coconut oil with glycerine, or directly by molecular distillation of virgin coconut oil. The first product is a synthetic vegetable based ester, and as such is subject to REACH registration. The second one is a 100% natural product, processed with physical treatments only, and as such is exempt from REACH registration. The separation process is non-chemical and involves a simple physical separation process, thus there are no chemical residues to worry about.
MCT oils finds many applications in cosmetics. It functions as a skin conditioning agent - occlusive, since it slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It alters the thickness of liquid products and acts as a viscosity controlling agent. It provides surface glide and is able to promote pigment dispersion in finished products, acting as a carrier and transport vehicle. One of the major advantages of MCT is that, being a fully saturated oil, it is an inert and stable emollient. It finds application in Aerosols, Creams, Ointments, Lotions, Lipsticks.
MCT oils by A&A Fratelli Parodi spa: MCT2, MCT10, MCT15
MCT Oils, obtained from coconut oil produced in the Dominican Republic, are 100% natural. They are non-reconstituted products resulting from physical distillation processes that preserve the oil's nature, substantially different from what can be obtained via chemical synthesis of organic raw materials.
Starting from coconut oil, a fraction enriched in medium chain triglycerides is isolated from a first distillation. A second high performance molecular distillation allows to obtain different products (see figure). We’ve selected three main fractions:
The lightest fraction, named MCT2 contains the smallest C12 content (< 2%). Being less available and obtained with lower yields, this is the most valuable product.
The content of the C12 medium chain increases in passing to the other two products, named accordingly as MCT10 and MCT15.
Our MCT Oils are 100% natural products, obtained via physical processes only, by molecular distillation of virgin coconut oil.