INCI: Cocamidopropyl dimethylamine

What is Cocamidopropyl dimethylamine?

Cocamidopropyl dimethylamine (CPAB) is a mild surfactant, a cationic one. It is formed by a reaction between fatty acid from coconut oil and 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

Use & Benefits

It has the goodness of coconut (lauric acid), along with a cationic surfactant property. It also acts as an emulsifier which stabilizes both the oil as well as water phase. CPAB is soluble in water and so dissolves in the water phase of the system. Due to its specific type of ionic presence, which is called zwitterion, it can be used as an antistatic agent. It decreases the dryness on hair and skin by forming a film over the surface and conditions it. Foaming is a helpful surface process in which it can take away all the dirt and microbes along with the foams. This one is the good foaming agent, that is why it is also used in rinse-off products. It can be seen on labels of rinse-off products, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams, baby products, and bubble baths.

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