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Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Also-called-like-this: SLES
What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing


It’s probably the most common cleansing ingredient of all. It’s usually the Chief Bubble Officer responsible for big bubbles in cleansing products through the foam it creates is a bit airy and loose and not as dense and luxurious as the foam created by infamous SLS

As for mildness, it goes somewhere in the middle. It’s often confused with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), but they are absolutely not the same. The SLES molecule has a bigger water-soluble head part that makes it milder and much less irritating. It is considered absolutely ok in the amount used in cosmetic products, though if you are looking for a mild facial cleanser, you have better chances with a formula without SLES. For an average shower gel? SLES works just fine.  

Show me some proof

  • Contact Dermatitis, , Volume 48 (1) – Jan 1, 2003, Profile of irritant patch testing with detergents: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and alkyl polyglucoside

Products with Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Derma Essentia Anti Dandruff Shampoo A'pieu Nonco Mastic Relaxing Gel Foam ACO Face Rebalancing Cleansing Foam ACO Spotless Daily Face Wash Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser Aiken Micellar Cleansing Gel For Face & Body Apivita Men’S Tonic Shampoo Bamford Botanic Shampoo Beauty Formulas New Skin Glycolic Facial Wash Bioderma Atoderm Gel Douche Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Gel Moussant Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash Brillare Science Hairfall Control Shampoo Brillare Science Heavy Moisturising Shampoo Bumble And Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo Caolion Magic Black Powder Foam Cleanser Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt Cien Hydro Expert Cleansing Gel Cien Moisturising Facial Wash Clean And Clear Night Relaxing Face Deep Cleaning Face Wash Clinique For Men™ Face Wash Clinique For Men™ Oil Control Face Wash Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula Context Micro-Derm Regenerator Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer CÉLETEQUE DERMOSCIENCE Hydration Facial Wash Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel Deliplus Gel Facial Limpiador Al Agua Deliplus Gel Facial Limpiador Purificante (Pieles Grasas) Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Dr. Teal's Shea Butter & Almond Oil Body Wash Elisha Coy BB All In One Cleanser Elmiplant DETOX Cleansing Gel Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Foaming Cleanser Eveline 3 In 1 Hyaluronic Face Wash Gel Filorga Foam Cleanser Garnier Fructis Daily Care 1 In 1 Shampoo And Conditioner Garnier Full & Plush Shampoo Garnier Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Gel Wash Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Gel Wash Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Soap-Free Gel Wash Garnier Skinactive Hautklaraktiv Tiefen-Rein Bürste Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Milk Dry Hair Shampoo Hello Nature Cannabis Oil Shampoo ISANA med Waschlotion Innertrue Awakening Cleansing Gel Jean & Len Shampoo Detox Black Tea & Mate