Alkyl Taurate Amides and Taurate Salts
Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety
In 2015, the Expert Panel reviewed the safety of 20 alkyl taurate amides and taurate salts, concluding that the following ingredients are safe in the present practices of use and concentration in cosmetics, when formulated to be non-irritating to skin and eyes:
|Sodium taurine cocoyl methyltaurate
|Calcium lauroyl taurate
|Magnesium methyl cocoyl taurate
|Sodium cocoyl taurate
|Potassium cocoyl taurate*
|Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
|Potassium methyl cocoyl taurate*
|Sodium lauroyl taurate
|Sodium caproyl methyltaurate*
|Sodium methyl lauroyl taurate
|Sodium n-isostearoyl methyltaurate*
|Sodium methyl myristoyl taurate
|Sodium methyl palmitoyl taurate*
|Sodium methyl oleoyl taurate
|Sodium methyltaurate isopalmitamide*
|Sodium methyl stearoyl taurate
|Sodium methyltaurine cocoyl methyltaurate*
*Not reported to be in current use. Should these ingredients be used in the future, the expectation is that they would be used in product categories and at concentrations comparable to others in this group.
The Expert Panel reviewed the safety of 20 alkyl taurate amides and taurate salts as used in cosmetics. These ingredients are all structurally related by having the same taurate (2-aminoethane-1-sulfonate) core and are mostly used as surfactants-cleansing agents in cosmetics. The Expert Panel concluded that the alkyl taurate amides and taurate salts in its safety assessment are safe in cosmetics in the present practices of use and concentration when formulated to be non-irritating.
The Expert Panel expressed concern regarding pesticide residues and heavy metals that may be present in botanical-derived ingredients. They stressed the cosmetics industry continue to follow current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) to limit impurities in the ingredient before blending into cosmetics formulations.
Link to more safety information on botanical ingredients.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Sodium methyl oleoyl taurate may be used as a component of paper and paperboard that comes into contact with dry food without restriction. It may come into contact with aqueous and fatty foods only as an adjuvant to control pulp absorbency and pitch content in the manufacturing process. [21CFR176.170; 21CFR176.180]
All of the alkyl taurate amides and taurate salts reviewed by the Expert Panel are all listed in the EU’s Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng) and may be used safely under the rules governing cosmetic products Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union and used as occlusive skin conditioning agents in cosmetics.