Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate at a glance

  • Amino acid-derived cleansing agent
  • Also used in hair care products
  • May be animal- or plant-derived
  • Considered mild, non-drying, and non-irritating

Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate description

Sodium cocoyl glycinate is an amino acid-derived cleansing and skin-softening ingredient that sometimes also shows up in hair care products. It may be animal- or plant-derived or, as is often the case, synthetic, but is typically created from coconut fatty acids and the amino acid glycine. As a cleansing agent, sodium cocoyl glycinate is considered mild and non-drying. It’s one of the few cleansing agents that naturally produces a creamy-feeling lather. It’s considered safe and non-irritating to skin as used in cosmetic products. This utilitarian ingredient can also work in cosmetic formulas as an emulsifier, wetting agent, dispersing agent, and foam stabilizer. Usage levels of sodium cocoyl glycinate range from 2–30% depending on formulary needs and whether it’s combined with other surfactants.

Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate references

  • The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, June 2013, pages 23-30

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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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