Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids at a glance

  • Made from amino acids derived from coconut.
  • Works as a gentle cleansing and skin-replenishing ingredient
  • Considered safe as used in cosmetics
  • Often used as part of a blend with skin-conditioning ingredients

Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids description

Sodium cocoyl amino acids are re the salt form of amino acids hydrolyzed from coconut. It’s used as a gentle surfactant and/or skin-replenishing ingredient in skin and hair care products. Although often used as part of a blend with skin-conditioning ingredients, sodium cocoyl amino acids may also be used on its own, in amounts between 0.4–2.8% in rinse-off products and 0.4–1% in leave-on products, although amounts up to 20% are recommended when used in cleansers depending on other surfactants also present. Its safety has been evaluated and confirmed, and it is not known to be drying or sensitizing.

Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2017, pages 17S-56S

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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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