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Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Contact Author B. Grüning, Ph.D.; D. Käseborn; and H.I. Leidreiter, Ph.D., Th. Goldschmidt AG
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There are many detergent and foaming surfactants available for toiletries on the market. Of these, anionic surfactants such as lauryl sulfates and lauryl ether sulfates are of high importance.

A range of secondary surfactants also has been developed for use with these efficiant and cost-effective primary surfactants; and in general, formulators use these secondary surfactants to improve the properties of the primary surfactants and optimize product performance.

Perhaps the most important secondary surfactant is cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB).16, 17 Since its introduction to the market in the 1960s, CAPB has become essential in surface-active formulas.

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