Sodium Caproyl Methyltaurate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sodium Caproyl Methyltaurate at a glance

  • Mild surfactant and cleansing agent
  • Not one of the more commonly used surfactants
  • Helps boost and stabilize foam and silken skin
  • Presumed safe as used in cosmetics

Sodium Caproyl Methyltaurate description

Sodium caproyl methyltaurate, from a chemical composition standpoint, is the sodium salt of the caproic acid amine of N-methyl taurine. In cosmetics, it is used as a mild surfactant and cleansing agent. Cosmetically, it’s known to leave skin silky-smooth, and its mild nature won’t leave skin feeling stripped. While not one of the more commonly used surfactants in cosmetics, the independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review has ruled that if used in the same amounts and methods as its related cleansing agents, it is safe. The typical concentration of sodium caproyl methyltaurate in cleansers is 1%, where it assists the primary surfactants and helps stabilize and improve foaming aesthetics.

Sodium Caproyl Methyltaurate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, December 2016, ePublication
  • UL Prospector (supplier), Accessed December 2022, 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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