• Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (LORA-meen \ˈäk-ˌsīd\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Lauramine oxide?

Lauramine oxide is a clear, pale-yellow, amine oxide liquid derived from coconut.[1,2,3] Coconuts grow on the cocos nucifera, or coconut palm tree. Coconut palms grow 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 Lauramine oxide Do in Our products?

Lauramine oxide is a surfactant, meaning it breaks surface tension in liquids, allowing things to become clean. It is also a foam builder, stabilizer, viscosity enhancer, emollient and conditioner.[8] It can be found in personal care products such as shampoo, facial cleansers, body wash, sunscreen, and a variety of other products.[9,10]

Why Puracy Uses Lauramine oxide

We use lauramine oxide as a surfactant and cleanser. The Cosmetics Ingredient Review has deemed the ingredient safe for use in cosmetic products and in leave-on products in which the concentration is limited to 3.7%.[13] Research shows the ingredient is typically not a skin or eye irritant.[14,15,16,17,18,19]

How Lauramine oxide Is Made

Commercial production of lauramine oxide occurs largely by mixing the amine with 35% hydrogen peroxide at 60 degrees Celsius. The mixture is heated to 75 degrees Celsius and sodium sulfite or manganese dioxide are added. The mixture is then filtered to get rid of extra peroxide.[11,12]



[1] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[2] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[3] Personal Care Council
[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] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[9] Environmental Working Group
[10] Personal Care Council
[11] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[12] Personal Care Council
[13] Personal Care Council
[14] Ricerca, Inc. (1988) “Submission of unpublished data from CTFA. Comparative dermal irritation screen in albino rabbits with Stepan agent X-1324-29A, Stepan agent X-1324-29B, Stepan agent X-1324-29C and Hibiclens.” 
[15] Oak Ridge Research Institute. (1989b) “Submission of unpublished data by CTFA. Acute oral toxicity (LD50) [of 0.3% Lauramine Oxide] in rats.” Test no. 089-0116
[16] Hazelton Laboratories America, Inc. (1986) “Submission of unpublished data by CTFA. Rabbit eye irritation (Low volume procedure) of GO955.01 [foam formulation containing 0.3% Lauramine Oxide] and GO932.01 [liquid formulation containing 0.3% Lauramine Oxide]. Sample no. 60803843
[17] Muston et al., (1977) “Dermatitis from Ammonyx LO, a constitute of a surgical scrub.” Contact Dermatitis. 3:347-8
[18] In Vitro Alternatives, Inc. (1992a) “Submission of unpublished data by CTFA. Human cumulative irritation. Three patch application test
[19] Harris Laboratories, Inc. (1987) “Submission of unpublished data by CTFA. Human sensitization test [of a formulation containing 0.3% Lauramine Oxide]. Project no. 10821

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