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Datasheet: Cocamidopropyl betaine

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Name : Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine
English name
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
CE No.
 263-058-8 / 931-296-8


  • Plant
  • Synthetic


CosIng functions

  1. Antistatic
  2. Cleansing Agent
  3. Foaming Agent
  4. Hair Conditioning Agent
  5. Surfactant
  6. Viscosity Controlling Agent

Main functions

  1. Cleansing Agent
  2. Foaming Agent


No restriction nor condition for use

Knowledge to date

Cocamydopropyle betaine (CAPB) is an amphoteric surfactant derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. It is widely used in many cleansing products for its almost non-irritant properties for the skin and eyes: it helps ‘soften’ formulas and lighten the abrasive effect of cleansing bases, usually in combination with anionic surfactants.

Tox profile

A recurring, viral rumour associates it with allergenic properties resulting in rather rare, but severe eczema and various dermatitis types mainly on the face, scalp, and neck. Today, it seems widely recognized that the allergy cases were actually triggered by amines, residues produced during the manufacturing phase (amidoamine, dimethylpropylamine…).

Formulator's corner

By Carole André

In which products should it be used?

• All types of cleansing bases: shower gels, shampoos, bubble baths, foaming cleansing gels…
• Cleansing milk

How to formulate …

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