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Palmamidopropyl Trimonium Methosulfate   
Used for conditioning hair, and it comes from both plant and synthetic sources [Gottschalk (12th ed.) pg 1757]. This has been a mystery ingredient. I have searched all my books, and even online, and I haven't been able to find any information on it yet. I will put here what I've gathered about the separate components of this ingredient. However, until I can find information on the entire ingredient, this can only be an educated guess. I even called Aveda (they are about the only company I see using this ingredient), and they said this was a conditioning ingredient. This isn't an objective source for information, though (it's not like they'd tell me if it was a bad ingredient or anything). This ingredient's name has an identical structure to Babassuamidopropyltrimonium methosulfate, which is a conditioning ingredient made from the seeds of the Babassu palm tree. So it's looking like Palmamidopropyl trimonium methosulfate is a similar conditioning agent that's made from the oil of a different kind of Palm as the only difference.—T

Update: I looked it up in my big new CTFA dictionary, and really all it had to say was that it was a hair conditioner from plant and synthetic sources. But I am proud I'd guessed about as much on my own.—T
See also: Babassuamidopropyltrimonium methosulfate Palmamidopropyl
Source(s): Winter Gottschalk http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/elaeis_guineensis.html


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