Know Your Ingredients: Coco-Betaine

by Gio


What it is
Coco-Betaine, also called Cocamidopropyl Betaine, is a pale yellow liquid derived from coconut oil.

What it does
Coco-Betaine is a gentle surfactant that works by helping water mix with oils and dirt so that they can be removed.
It also used in hair conditioners because it creates a protective layer on the hair that moisturizes it and provides antistatic properties.
In addition, Coco-Betaine has foaming and thickening.

Side effects
Although deemed gentle and safe, Coco-Betaine can cause allergic reactions in some people.


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natalie December 6, 2009 - 4:36 pm

i used a toothpaste with coco-betaine for almost two weeks before i broke into generalized hives and experienced severe chest congestion. it took several days to figure out the culprit. watch out!

beautifulwithbrains December 7, 2009 - 12:53 pm

Natalie, I’m sorry to hear that, that’s awful 🙁 Hope you are better now.

Diana January 21, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Hmm I use a shampoo with this ingredient instead of SLS and it is soooo good!

beautifulwithbrains January 22, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Diana, I’m glad your SLS free shampoo works well for you.


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