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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 68155-09-9
Chem/IUPAC Name: Amides, coco, N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl], N-oxides
EINECS/ELINCS No: 268-938-5
COSING REF No: 75246
Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is a surfactant that also works as a conditioning agent in personal care and cosmetic products. It readily mixes with oil and dirt to wash them away, thus acting as a good cleanser. Cocamidopropylamine Oxide appears as a pale yellow to colorless liquid that is soluble in water. Further, this ingredient enables better foam in the product and makes the formulation mild. The chemical formula of Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is RCONH(CH2)3N(CH2)2O.


Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is a common ingredient in the world of cosmetics and personal care. It can be found in products such as cleansing gels, shampoos, and makeup removers.
  • Skin care: It is primarily a surfactant that reduces the surface tension of the formulation and enables a more stable product. It also mixes well with oil and water to provide better cleansing effects
  • Hair care: It is good for cleaning the shafts and promotes better spreadability of the product. Its conditioning properties also leave the hair shiny and smooth
  • Cosmetic products: It acts as a conditioning agent that makes cosmetics more hydrating and prevents them from drying out. This ensures a good quality product that feels great to apply


Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is made from coconut oil that is reacted with dimethylaminopropylamine and then later with hydrogen peroxide. These reactions form the final compound which is a tertiary amine oxide and it appears pale yellow or colorless.

What does COCAMIDOPROPYLAMINE OXIDE do in a formulation?

  • Cleansing
  • Foam boosting
  • Hair conditioning
  • Skin conditioning
  • Surfactant

Safety profile

Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is safe for use in cosmetic and personal care products when added in between the concentrations of 0.07-4%. Any higher than this can cause allergy and irritation to the skin and scalp. A patch test should be performed prior to full usage, especially on highly sensitive skin.


Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 151°C
pH 6.0-8.0
Solubility Soluble in water
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