Cocamide DEA – a foam stabilising chemical that is commonly used in household products like shampoo, bubble bath and dishwash liquid is known to cause cancer in animals and is a suspected human carcinogen. Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.
The issue uncovered by The Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, California is so widespread that it’s led to four major shampoo manufacturers being served California lawsuits.
Now, not all products containing cocamide DEA will have the substance’s name written out the same way. Look out for these names on the ingredients label of your shampoo:
Coconut fatty acid diethanol-amide
Ciethanolamide coconut fatty acid condensate
Always check product labels.