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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 61789-30-8
Chem/IUPAC Name: Potassum salt of coconut acid
EINECS/ELINCS No: 263-049-9
COSING REF No: 79516
Potassium Cocoate is primarily a surfactant that can be found in a range of products such as body washes, shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. It is also a good cleanser that effectively removes dirt and oil from the surface to leave it clean and smooth. Potassium Cocoate is a natural ingredient that is quite gentle on the skin and hair, providing nourishment and moisturization. It is typically in liquid form that is pale yellow in color and appears clear to slightly opaque. The chemical formula of Potassium Cocoate is C18H35KO2.

What is POTASSIUM COCOATE used for?

Potassium Cocoate has some very specific uses in the personal care and cosmetic industry. Its benefits make it an important addition to a range of products.
  • Skin care: It acts as a cleanser and foaming agent that creates a rich lather and effectively removes dirt and dust from the surface. This ingredient helps in making the surface of the skin smoother and softer because of its moisturizing and nourishing qualities
  • Hair care: It is also added to a range of hair care products like shampoos and conditioners. It helps in evenly distributing the product throughout the surface while also aiding the detangling process by making the shafts smooth


Potassium Cocoate is made by a process known as saponification wherein coconut oil is reacted with potassium hydroxide to result in this ingredient.

What does POTASSIUM COCOATE do in a formulation?

  • Cleansing
  • Emulsifying
  • Foaming
  • Surfactant

Safety profile

Potassium Cocoate is a safe ingredient for hair and skin because of its mild qualities. It does not have any side effects such as irritation or sensitization. However, as with all cosmetic ingredients, it is best to perform a patch test before applying it to a larger area. Overall, Potassium Cocoate is non-toxic and does not pose any threat. It is also considered vegan and halal because it is derived from plant-based ingredients.

Technical profile

Property Values
Melting Point 40-50°C
pH 9.0-10.0
Solubility Highly soluble in water
Viscosity High
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