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

Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Garnier Skinactive Hautklaraktiv Tiefen-Rein Bürste Jean & Len Shampoo Detox Black Tea & Mate Jean & Len Shampoo Feuchtigkeit Rosemary & Ginger Kerasys Damage Clinic Shampoo Kerasys Propolis Energy Shampoo Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleansing Foaming Gel La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Murad Aha/Bha Exfoliating Cleanser Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Pads Neutrogena Shampoo, Anti-Residue Formula Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash No 7 Perfecting Body Polish Pantene Pro-V Advanced Carr Shampo Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin Paula's Choice Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel Philosophy Pure Grace Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel Simple Moisturising Facial Wash Suave Ocean Breeze Shampoo Superdrug Hydrate & Shine Conditioning Masque With Coconut Water Superdrug Simply Pure Face Wash The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Exfoliating Face Scrub Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel Ziaja Manuka Tree Cleansing Gel Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser Biore Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser Clerasil Waschgel Porenreiniger Waschgel Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser La Roche-Posay Foaming Micellar Water Paula's Choice Hydralight One Step Cleanser Sebamed Flüssig Wasch-Emulsion SeneGence 3-In-1 Normal To Dry Cleanser The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash Biore Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub Eucerin Dermopure Cleansing Gel Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser Garnier Hautklar Tägliches Anti-Pickel Waschgel Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo