• Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (\ocktil\ ˌ\dī-ˈme-thəl\ \ə-ˈmēn\ \ˈäk-ˌsīd\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Octyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide?

Octyl dimethyl amine oxide is a white powder derived from either palm kernel oil or coconut. [1,2] Commercially, the ingredient is most typically sold as an aqueous solution at 25%-35%.[3]

What Does Octyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide Do?

Octyl dimethyl amine oxide is a surfactant, meaning that it breaks surface tension in water and allows dirt and oil to be flushed away. It is also a foaming agent.[2] These two reasons are why this ingredient is often found in products like surface cleaners, laundry detergents, dishwashing soaps, shampoos, and hair conditioners.[3]

Is Octyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide Safe?

Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[4,5] Research shows the ingredient is not a skin sensitizer and is typically not a strong skin irritant.[3]

Why Puracy Uses Octyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide

We use coconut-based octyl dimethyl amine oxide as an environmentally friendly, biodegradable surfactant and cleanser.

Sources
[1] Personal Care Council
[2] American Cleaning Institute
[3] ChemicalBook
[4] Whole Foods Market Body Care Standards
[5] Whole Foods Market

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