Cocamide DEA/MEA

NASTY, not used in ecostore products

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High Health Hazard. Cocamide DEA is classified as 'possibly carcinogenic to humans' and has contamination concerns.

Cocamide DEA is an ingredient used in many personal care products to enhance and stabilise foam formationii. It is a skin eye and respiratory tract irritantiii and is classified as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)iv. Cocamide DEA is made from the reaction of coconut oil and Diethanolamine. It is this DEA which is a cause for concern as it can be present it its free un-reacted form as an impurity in Cocamide DEA solutionsv, as well as have the ability to form highly carcinogenic nitrosaminesvi.



ii) Fascinating Silicone™ Chemistry – How Silicone Foam Stabilizers Work - Dow Corning

iii) Cocamide DEA - MSDS- Spectrum

iv) Agents Classified by the IARC Monographs,


vi) Opinion on Nitrosamines and Secondary Amines in Cosmetic Products

INCI Name Cocamide DEA/MEA
Ingredient Origins Coconut Oil, Hydrocarbons
EWG Rating 4 - 7
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