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Lauramine Oxide

* A foam builder and versatile ingredient

Lauramine Oxide is an Amine N-oxide, an active component primarily found in shampoo, bubble bath and hand soap thanks to its foam building properties (Source). Because Lauramine Oxide has dual functional groups in the same molecule (both asidic and basic groups), it is very versatile.

* A foam builder and versatile ingredient

Functions:

Lauramine Oxide is an Amine N-oxide, an active component primarily found in shampoo, bubble bath and hand soap thanks to its foam building properties (Source). Because Lauramine Oxide has dual functional groups in the same molecule (both asidic and basic groups), it is very versatile.

It can have high solubility in some solutions and low in others; it creates positive charges and negative charges on different atoms; it carries anionic or cationic properties depending on pH value. Therefore although Lauramine Oxide is seen most frequently as a foam builder in beauty products, it can also be used as a dye dispersant, wetting agent, emulsifier, lubricant, surfactant, anti-static agent, and viscosity controlling agent, according to research.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Lauramine Oxide is approved by the CIR for use in cosmetics but with restriction limiting its use to rinse-off products; The International Journal of Toxicology reports skin irritation from Lauramine Oxide and recommends limiting its use to rinse off products at a maximum of 3.7% concentration.
A 1981 study by published in Contact Dermatitis also found Lauramine Oxide to be a primary skin irritant.

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