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Data: Fair

Potassium Cocoate

Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

COCONUT FATTY ACID, POTASSIUM SALT; COCONUT FATTY ACIDS, POTASSIUM SALT; COCONUT OIL ACIDS, POTASSIUM SALT; COCONUT OIL ACIDS, POTASSIUM SALT; COCONUT OIL FATTY ACID, POTASSIUM SALT; COCONUT OIL FATTY, COCONUT OIL POTASSIUM SALTS FATTY ACIDS, FATTY ACIDS, COCO, POTASSIUM SALTS, FATTY ACIDS, COCONUT OIL, POTASSIUM SALTS, POTASSIUM COCOATE, POTASSIUM COCOATE SOLUTION, and POTASSIUM SALTS FATTY ACIDS, COCONUT OIL

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Potassium Cocoate is a potassium salt of Coconut Acid (q.v.).

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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facial cleanser34 products
body wash/cleanser32 products
liquid hand soap28 products
bar soap9 products
shampoo9 products
toothpaste8 products
exfoliant/scrub8 products
mask5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant3 products
baby soap2 products
baby wipes2 products
beard cleanser2 products
hand cream1 products
around-eye cream1 products
moisturizer1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
makeup remover1 products
1 products
bubble bath1 products
tooth whitening1 products
shaving cream1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
3999 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

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Data availability

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