A cosmetic hair-care and chemist specialist at Aviva,Ron Robinson, said that cocamide DEA or cocamide diethanolamine is arelatively common thickening or foaming agent used in cleansing products. Robinson explains that “Cocamide DEA is used as an emulsifyingagent that makes the products ‘creamy’ and it is produced by reacting diethanolamine with the mixture of fatty acids from coconut oils.DEA is an allergen that, when used in small doses, can create mild forms of dermatitis in individuals who are susceptible to skin allergies — and when used in high doses, this chemical has been connected to potentially being carcinogenic to humans.”
But, are you familiar with the fact that, while pure coconut oil is still okay to use for cooking,skin care, the SFGate reported recently that a chemically modified form of coconut oil found in personal-care products from shampoo to body wash to hair color is a known carcinogen.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer conducted a study, in which they confirmed that a high dose is constituted to be 10 000 parts per million (ppm) of cocamide DEA in a product, or one milligram per liquid liter.
IARC while testing many different products, they found that many of them contained that dangerous 10 000 ppm of cocamide DEA, and the U.S Food and Drug Administration still doesn’t want to recognize the connection between DEA and cancer. According to Robinson, the public release on diethanolamine has not been updated by the FDA since 2006, even though the National Toxicology Program completed a study in 1998 that found the link between cancer in lab animals and regular exposure to DEA. (It is important to note that the NTP did not show this link with humans.)
If you see any of these ingredients on the ingredient list of the products that you are using, avoid them at all cost:
DEA oleth-3 phosphate
Triethanolamine Oleamide DEA
This list was provided by Robinson,and it is a list of all the names that cocamide DEA masquerades under. It doesn’t matter, that Oakland, CA, branch of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has finally, as of May 5, reached the first-ever legal agreements with 26 companies to end the CEH, andCalifornia recognized DEA as a known carcinogen in 2012, more than 100 other companies are yet waiting on the agreement to remove the substance from their wares.
For those who are worried that cocamide DEA might be replacing sulfates as the foaming agent in your sulfate-free products, should be careful. While in some cosmetic products coconut derivatives are mostly used as a replacement for sulfates, Robinson assures that cocamide DEA is not regulary used as a replacement for this chemical, as the 2 substances are used for two different purposes.
But, you are actually on to something if you already replaced most of your beauty routine with pure coconut oil. This issue with cocamide DEA is just a reminder that, it even if everyone is claiming that it is free of sulfates or other harmful chemicalsor is an “all natural” product, it doesn’t mean that it’s truly safe. So in order to really know what these products contain is to study up the ingredients.