Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate at a glance

  • Gentle cleansing ingredient
  • Derived from coconut
  • Considered gentle enough even for sensitive skin
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate description

Disodium cocoyl glutamate is a gentle cleansing ingredient derived from coconut. It is generally well tolerated, even in those with sensitive skin. It has been ruled safe as used in cosmetics. It’s an anionic surfactant, which means the water-loving end of the molecule has a negative charge which helps lift and suspend soil from skin. This cleansing agent is often used in a blend with sodium cocoyl glutamate. This ingredient may be synthetic or derived from plants or animals. Paula’s Choice does not use the animal-derived version. Usage levels typically hover between 2.5–5%.

Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate references

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2019, pages 821-826
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, January 2014, pages 1-47
  • Dermatitis, October 2010, pages 262-268
  • StarChem Enterprises, ePublication

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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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