Cocamide MEA

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Cocamide MEA
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Lauramide MEA, a main component of cocamide MEA
Other names
Cocamide monoethanolamine; Monoethanolamine coconut acid amide; Coco monoethanolamide; Coconut fatty acid monoethanolamide; Cocoyl monoethanolamine; N-(2-Hydroxyethyl) coco fatty acid amide; Coconut oil fatty acid ethanolamide
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ECHA InfoCard 100.062.500
Density 1.08-1.09 g/cm3[1]
Melting point 60 to 63 °C (140 to 145 °F; 333 to 336 K)[citation needed]
Boiling point > 200 °C (392 °F; 473 K)[1]
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
> 3000 mg/kg (oral, rat)[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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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 Cocamide MEA,