Cocamide MEA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cocamide MEA
Cocamide MEA.png
Lauramide MEA, a main component of cocamide MEA
CAS number 68140-00-1
Molecular formula CH3(CH2)nCONHCH2CH2OH
Density 1.08-1.09 g/cm3[1]
Melting point 124 °C[1]
Boiling point >200 °C[1]
LD50 > 3000 mg/kg (oral, rat)[1]
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Cocamide MEA, or cocamide monoethanolamine, is a solid, off-white to tan compound, often sold in flaked form. The solid melts to yield a pale yellow viscous clear to amber liquid. It is a mixture of fatty acid amides which is produced from the fatty acids in coconut oil when reacted with ethanolamine.


Cocamide MEA and other cocamide ethanolamines such as cocamide DEA are used as foaming agents and nonionic surfactants in shampoos and bath products, and as emulsifying agents in cosmetics.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cocamide MEA,