Shea Butteramidopropyl Betaine

What It Does

Create ultra-rich, hydrating cleansers with our Shea Butter Surfactant. Use this in your cleansers to increase mildness, produce stable flash foam, and increase the thickness of your cleanser (when used with other surfactants that can be thickened with salt). Because Shea Butter Surfactant is considered an amphoteric surfactant and derived from shea butter, it will feel leave skin that feels hydrated and conditioned, not stripped clean. Other great things we love about our Shea Butter Surfactant:

  • It can be used as a sole surfactant for baby and children's products.
  • Great for non-rinse facial products like micellar cleansers.
  • Preservative free
  • Creates clear products
How It's Made

Shea butter undergoes two short chemical reactions to turn its lipids into a positively and negatively charged surfactant, shea butter betaine.

Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Made With Science
Made With Science
People and Planet
People and Planet
Shea Butteramidopropyl Betaine

People and Planet

Global Shea Alliance sourced Shea Butter
Readily Biodegradable

Country of Origin


Ingredient Origin

Plant, Undergoes Synthesis


Cleansing Agent

Types of Formulas

Shampoos, Facial Cleansers, Hand Washes, Body Washes - Rinse Off Only

Use Level

Products for Skin: 1 - 25%
Products for Hair: 2 - 5%

Color / Odor / Appearance

Light Yellow / Odorless / Viscous Liquid




5.0 - 7.5

Activity Level

34-38% Active Content


Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.

Shelf Life

See expiration date on Certificate of Analysis.


For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. For use in rinse-off products only.

Regulatory Documents

Why It's Special

Shea Butter Surfactant is proof of the synergistic benefits of combining nature and science.

Made With Science
Harvested & Processed
Harvested & Processed

Shea butter kernels are collected, processed, and refined to produce shea butter.

Organic Synthesis
Organic Synthesis

Shea butter undergoes two short chemical reactions to turn its lipids into a cleansing molecule with both + and - charges.

Make It Yours
Shea Butter Surfactant next to bowl of the micellar water recipe with spoon
Hydrating Micellar Water

Low levels of cleansing agents are key when formulating a micellar cleanser. Organic Glycerin and Shea Butter Surfactant gently cleanse and leave the skin feeling soft and supple.

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Mixing Bowl
4 oz. Bottle

Skill Level: Easy

Makes 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

1 Distilled or Deionized Water 93.0% 93.0 g
2 Organic Glycerin 2.0%  2.0 g
3 Shea Butter Surfactant 4.0% 4.0 g
4 Preservative PE 1.0%  1.0 g
TOTAL 100%  100.0 g

Ensure all equipment is clean and sterilized.

Add distilled or deionized water to mixing bowl. Stir in Ingredient 2, gently. Add Ingredient 3 slowly, trying to avoid aeration. Once mixed in, add Ingredient 4, stirring slowly until it looks homogenous. Pour into a container.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Shea Butteramidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.