DEA (diethanolamine) and DEA compounds are used to give cosmetics a creamy or sudsy texture. DEA is also used as an emulsifier in shampoos, cleaners and detergents.
- hair conditioner
- shaving cream
- make-up foundation
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocaminde DEA, cocamide MEA, linoleamide MEA, myristaminde DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide DEA, Tea-lauryl sulfate
Skin Irritation: DEA and its compounds have been found to cause mild skin and eye irritation (1).
Cancer: exposure to high doses of DEA and its compounds have been shown to cause liver cancer (2)(3)(4).
Organ System Toxicity: Studies have found that DEO affects human male reproductive health by altering sperm structure, and causing abnormalities that affect the sperms ability to swim and complete fertilization (5).
- Coal Tar Dyes
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- PEG Compounds
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Turkoglu M. and Sakr A. “Evaluation of irritation potential of surfactant mixtures.” Int J Cosmet Sci. 21, 6 (Dec 1999):371-82.
- U.S. National Toxicological Program. “NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of Lauric Acid Diethanolamine Condensate (CAS NO. 120-40-1) in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Dermal Studies).” Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser. 480 (Jul 1999):1-200.
- S. National Toxicological Program. “Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of coconut oil acid diethanolamine condensate (CAS No. 68603-42-9) in F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice (dermal studies).” Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser. 479 (Jan 2001):5-226.
- Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition (2011) Available Online: Accessed November 5, 2013.
- Panchal, S. R., & Verma, R. J. (2013). Spermatotoxic effect of diethanolamine: An< i> in vitro</i> study. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 2(3), 196-200.