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Sodium Laureth Sulphate

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Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) is a common surfactant used in many personal care and consumer products, usually as a 'gentler' alternative to the skin irritating sodium lauryl sulphatei. However, it can still trigger skin and eye irritationii and has been shown to produce skin changes in mice, whilst also interfering with natural skin enzymesiii. SLES is an 'ethoxylated' product, meaning it has been processed with ethylene oxide, and has therefore potentially been contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogenvi.



ii) SLES MSDS Chemtrade International


iv) Influence of cleansing on stratum corneum tryptic enzyme in human skin.

INCI Name:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ingredient origins:
Oil Palm Fruit
Common name:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
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