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Sodium Cocoate

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Sodium Cocoate

Sodium Cocoate

Sodium cocoate is the sodium salt of coconut acid. It usually appears as a white paste or granules, and is derived from a mixture of fatty acids from coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil. We use this ingredient in some of our bar soaps as a surfactant, to gently cleanse skin.

Sodium cocoate can be produced by reacting coconut fatty acids with a strong base, typically sodium hydroxide. This process can be undertaken with almost any fats and alkalis, and is known as saponification - the traditional method for creating soap. Sodium cocoate can be used in bar soaps and cleansers as a gentler alternative to some harsher surfactants.

Other names: Fatty Acids, Coconut Oil, Sodium Salts

Component compounds: (Coconut oil fatty acids) Lauric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Capric Acid, Oleic Acid. (Alkali) Sodium Hydroxide.

Chemical class: Soap

INCI Name:
Sodium Cocoate
Ingredient origins:
Coconut Fruit
Common name:
Sodium Cocoate
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.