What is MEA?
Simply Organic: Monoethanolamine, also called 2-aminoethanol or Etnolamine (often abbreviated as ETA or MEA), is an organic-based, non-toxic compound that is both a primary amine (due to an amino group in its molecule) and a primary alcohol (due to a hydroxyl group) . Like other amines, monoetnolamine acts as a weak base. If not reacted with an acid like Hydrogen Peroxide to lower the pH level , some forms of Ethanolamine are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and colorless with an odor similar to that of ammonia.
However, in hair colors, Ethanolamine is reacted with the acid Peroxide and can be combined with other ingredients to eliminate the odor and substantially neutralize the toxicity, corrosiveness, or odor . Ethanolamine is not a dangerous chemical in low exposure limits and if not reacted with Ethylene Oxide (C2H4O). In fact, the only effects that have been determined are mild skin irritation only if Ethanolamine is applied directly to the skin in a pure form and allowed to sit for periods of time more than 1.5 hours . Because Ethanolamine has a high alkalinity, this chemical will cause a burning sensation if directly ingested but only in its pure form.
Is MEA “organic” and/or “good” for you?
Simply Organic: No. MEA is “organic” as in “organic chemistry” but not as in a way that complies with organic food standards set by national governments and international organizations. MEA is a chemical in the Alkanolamines family.
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