• Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (Coca mydo \ˈprō-pəl\ \hī-ˌdräk-sē\ SUL tayne)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine?

Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is a surfactant that can act as both an acid and a base.[1,2] It is derived from coconut oil.[3] Coconuts grow on the cocos nucifera, or coconut palm tree, around the world in lowland tropical and subtropical areas where annual precipitation is low.[4,5] Widely cultivated, healthy coconut palms produce 50 nuts per year, and the tree can be used to produce everything from food and drink to fibers, building materials, and natural ingredients.[6,7]

What Does Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine Do in Our products?

Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine helps keep skin and hair soft and supple by working as a conditioning agent. It creates a creamy lather with less potential for damage to the outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum).[8] It can also be used as a foam booster, antistatic agent, and thickener.[9] It is found in hundreds of products, including shampoo, body wash, facial cleansers, hand soap, hair conditioner, and other products.[10]

Why Puracy Uses Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine

Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine allows water, oil, and dirt to mix, allowing things to become clean. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[12]

How Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine Is Made

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, a supplier has reported that this ingredient is produced by reacting an inorganic salt with chlorinated epoxide; the resulting intermediate is reacted with amine. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review reported that the process undergoes quality control, with final adjustments made to yield the standard product.[11]


[1] Environmental Working Group
[2] OMICS International
[4] University of Florida IFAS Extension
[5] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[6] University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
[7] U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
[8] Regan, J., Mollica, L. and Ananthapadmanabhan, K.P., “A Novel Glycinate-based Body Wash.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2013 Jun; 6(6): 23–30
[9]  OMICS International
[10] Environmental Working Group
[11] Cosmetic Ingredient Review
[12] Whole Foods Market

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