Nasty chemical of the Month: Cocoamidopropyl Betaine

Disclaimer: This post is contributed by Planning With Kids partner ecostore.


What is Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (CAP B)?

Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (CAP B) is a plant based surfactant with high foaming properties. Although derived from natural sources, during processing it often becomes contaminated with impurities such as amiodamine and dimethylaminopropylmine which can cause skin sensitisation. Skin sensitisation is an allergic reaction to a particular ingredient (like Cap B) the result is allergic contact dermatitis. This type of contact dermatitis is the most common form of induced skin irritation.

What products is Cap B found in?

Due its natural origin Cap B is commonly found in organic skin care and personal care products so it’s worth taking a little extra time and checking the label to see if it is included in the product formulation. Mainstream products that often use Cap B include dish liquids, hand and body washes, baby bubble baths and shampoos. It’s widely used by manufacturers as it’s relatively cheap and considered to effective.

This post was originally posted on the ecostore blog.