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Data: Good

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

  • 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 Concerns

Use restrictions (high) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

1-PROPANAMINIUM, 3-AMINO-N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-, N-COCO ACYL DERIVS., INNER SALTS, 1-PROPANAMINIUM, N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-[(1-OXOCOCONUT)AMINO]-, HYDROXIDE, INNER SALT, 1PROPANAMINIUM, 3AMINON(CARBOXYMETHYL)N,NDIMETHYL, NCOCO ACYL DERIVS., HYDROXIDES, INNER SALTS, CADG, COCAMIDO BETAINE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYL GLYCINE, COCOAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCOYL AMIDE PROPYLBETAINE, COCOYL AMIDE PROPYLDI METHYL GLYCINE SOLUTION, COCOYL AMIDE PROPYLDIMETHYL GLYCINE, HYDROXIDE INNER SALT 1-PROPANAMINIUM, N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-[(1-OXOCOCONUT)AMINO]-, HYDROXIDES INNER QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS, (CARBOXYMETHYL)(3-COCOAMIDOPROPYL)DIMETHYL, INNER QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS, (CARBOXYMETHYL)(3-COCOAMIDOPROPYL)DIMETHYL, HYDROXIDES, INNER SALT 1-PROPANAMINIUM, N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-[(1-OXOCOCONUT)AMINO]-, HYDROXIDE, INNER SALT N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-[(1-OXOCOCONUT)AMINO]-1-PROPANAMINIUM HYDROXIDE, N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-[(1-OXOCOCONUT)AMINO]-1-PROPANAMINIUM HYDROXIDE, INNER SALT, N-COCAMIDOPROPYL-N,N-DIMETHYLGLYCINE, HYDROXIDE, INNER SALT; COCOAMIDOPROPYLBETAINE; N-(COCOAMIDOPROPYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-N-CARBOXYMETHYL AMMONIUM, BETAINE; N-(3-COCOAMIDOPROPYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-N-CARBOXYMET, and SALTS

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.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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facial cleanser410 products
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eye liner3 products
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hair spray2 products
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vapor rubs2 products
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hand cream1 products
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Contamination concerns

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Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Unsafe in products left on skin and not rinsed offCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyOpen scientific literature
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of sensitization toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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 offCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
73236 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM 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.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

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