- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that will not be immediately rinsed off due to increased risk of absorption.
- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high) and Contamination concerns (high)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|body wash/cleanser||1250 products|
|liquid hand soap||779 products|
|facial cleanser||441 products|
|bubble bath||116 products|
|baby shampoo||87 products|
|baby soap||64 products|
|hair color and bleaching||63 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||52 products|
|bar soap||51 products|
|styling mousse/foam||44 products|
|hair treatment/serum||41 products|
|beard cleanser||29 products|
|hair styling aide||17 products|
|makeup remover||14 products|
|baby bubble bath||13 products|
|sunless tanning||11 products|
|tooth whitening||10 products|
|shaving cream||9 products|
|beard care||7 products|
|foot cleansing||6 products|
|hair spray||6 products|
|baby wipes||6 products|
|hair-loss treatment||6 products|
|styling gel/lotion||5 products|
|eye liner||5 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||4 products|
|baby lotion||4 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||3 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||2 products|
|baby toothpaste||2 products|
|after sun product||2 products|
|facial cleansing wipes||2 products|
|body cleansing wipes||2 products|
|oil controller||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
|hair relaxer||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
|daily use with SPF||1 products|
|vapor rubs||1 products|
|baby sunscreen||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|serums & essences||1 products|
|makeup primer||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Unsafe in products left on skin and not rinsed off||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||Open scientific literature|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Limited evidence of sensitization toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|any or allergies - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed||Open scientific literature|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Unsafe in products left on skin and not rinsed off||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as a low human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|73236 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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