What is potassium cocoate?

For anyone who is used to buying any kind of cosmetic or beauty product, a common ingredient you will see is called Potassium Cocoate. This has become a very popular choice of product for cosmetic firms and the like to work with. This translucent liquid is a common choice for those who are looking for something that works well in their various shampoos and soap products. 

It’s used for various reasons. One of the most common reasons is the ample presence of glycerine within. Glycerine is used due to the fact that it’s a quality moisturizer. For that reason, then, you can see why Potassium Cocoate is so commonly used in the industry. 

If you are on the lookout for what all the ingredients in your shampoo products actually do, potassium cocoate is a good one to learn about. As a natural surfactant, it’s great for getting rid of dirt – including on our skin. That makes it a useful item to use in soaps and shampoos, as it can do a lot of work to get rid of grease, dirt, and other such objects. This is why many people use it on their hair and their skin – it’s literally a cleaning item.

It’s also noted to be safe for usage at high levels of usage. In fact, it was rated so safe that a product could be 40% Potassium Cocoate and still be safe to use. It’s become a product that many people use as part of their own cleaning products and cleaning solutions, too. It’s great for reducing surface tension, too, which can be useful for making sure that your hair can be more effectively cleaned without lasting or even short-term damage.

However, if you are using a product with Potassium Cocoate in it then you should do all that you can to avoid either ingesting it or getting it in your eyes. Rinse your eyes out ASAP, and make sure that you don’t rub them if you have contact lenses in. Take them out further. 

Also, try and use any product that has Potassium Cocoate in it from a well-ventilated location. If you start to feel uneasy or ill in any way, then you should seek medical attention ASAP. This might be useful for cleaning, but it’s still a product that you have to be cautious of if you get it on your skin, or in your eyes/mouth. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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