Posted on April 21, 2015
Triethanolamine is used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical in cosmetics, perfume and fragrances. It can cause allergic reactions, is irritating to eyes and dries out hair and skin (Fairley, 2001). There is strong evidence that it is a human skin toxicant or allergen. It is also classified as expected to be toxic or harmful to non reproductive organs. (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient.php?ingred06=706639 ) When you look further into what Triethanolamine is typically contaminated with, NITROSAMINES, it gets even scarier! Nitrosamines are known to cause cancer. For this reason they are banned for use in cosmetics.(http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726336/NITR...)The scary thing is, nitrosamines seem to contaminate a lot of other chemicals like COCAMIDE MEA, COCAMIDE DEA and SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE. These coconut derivatives are usually lurking in sudsy, lathery shampoos and body washes marketed as not containing SLC’s. It replaces the well know Sodium Lauroyl Sulphate with a bad alternative. (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726336/NITROSAMINES/) Wow. Another reason to make the switch to natural cosmetics and ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.
Synonym(s): 2,2′,2″-NITRILOTRIS [ETHANOL] ; 2,2′,2”-NITRILOTRIETHANOL; ETHANOL, 2,2 ,2 NITRILOTRIS; ETHANOL, 2,2′,2″-NITRILOTRIS-; TEA; TROLAMINE; 2,2′,2”-NITRILOTRIETHANOL; ALKANOLAMINE 244; DALTOGEN; NITRILO-2,2′,2”-TRIETHANOL;