• 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.[1,2] It is derived from coconut oil.[3] 

Coconuts grow on the coconut palm tree (cocos nucifera) [4,5] and are widely cultivated, to produce food, drinks, fibers, and building materials.[6,7]


Is Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine the Same as Cocamidopropyl Betaine?

Though similar, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is different from cocamidopropyl betaine. 

What Does Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Do? 

Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine works as a conditioning agent, helping to keep skin and hair soft and supple. It can also be used as a foam booster, antistatic agent, and thickener.[8] 

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Uses

Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is found in hundreds of products, including shampoo, body wash, facial cleansers, hand soap, hair conditioner, and other products.[9]

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 next reacted with amine. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review reports that the process undergoes quality control, with final adjustments made to yield the standard product.[10]

Is Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Safe? 

Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[11]


[1] Environmental Working Group
[2] OMICS International
[3] Truthinaging.com
[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]  OMICS International
[9] Environmental Working Group
[10] Cosmetic Ingredient Review
[11] Whole Foods Market

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