Emulsifier, Miscellaneous


Used in cosmetics as a pH balancer and emulsion stabilizer. Like all amines, it has the potential for creating nitrosamines. ThereŠ—Ès controversy as to whether or not this poses a real problem for skin, given the low concentrations used in cosmetics and the theory that nitrosamines cannot penetrate skin.ξ

Triethanaolime is typically used in amounts less than 1% in cosmetics; concentrations of 2.5% have been found to be non-irritating when applied to skin. It is also added to foods.

Reference for this information:

International Journal of Toxicology, May-June 2013, pages 59S-83S

Contact Dermatitis, May 2009, pages 243-255

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, October 2005, pages 10-18