Coco Betaine


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Coco Betaine at a glance

  • Surfactant derived from coconut oil
  • Has cleansing + foaming properties
  • Also has anti-static abilities
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Coco Betaine description

Coco betaine is a surface-active agent (also known as a surfactant) derived from coconut oil. It’s useful in skin care and hair care products due to its cleansing and foaming abilities. In hair care specifically, it’s valuable because of its anti-static properties. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review has ruled coco betaine safe as used in cosmetics, where tests found it gentle and non-irritating. Though coco betaine shares some properties with the similarly named cocoamidapropyl betaine, they are not the same ingredient. Cocamidopropyl betaine is considered milder and is synthetic, while coco-betaine is natural.

Coco Betaine references

  • BazEkon, 2011, pages 148-158, ePublication
  • UL Prospector (supplier), Accessed December 2022, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, April 4, 2014, pages 2-23

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated