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Lauramide Diethanolamine (DEA)

PURPOSE:
A foam booster and thickener. It has poor detergent properties but works well when combined with other surfactants.
IMPLICATIONS:
A mild irritant and a possible cancerous ingredient (based on animal studies) if combined with certain other chemicals. However, it's been approved as safe for use up to 10% in leave-on products.