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Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Also-called-like-this: SLES

Official CosIng Information


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 Godding & Godding Pure Silk Enriched Cleansing Facial Soap Mantecorp Epidac Oc Sunsilk Lusciously Thick & Long A'pieu Nonco Mastic Relaxing Gel Foam A'pieu Raspberry Vinegar Hair Shampoo AA Delicate Intimate Feminine Emulsion AA Fresh Intimate Feminine Gel AA Help Intimate Feminine Emulsion AA Sensitive Intimate Feminine Emulsion ACO Face Rebalancing Cleansing Foam ACO Face Refreshing Cleansing Gel ACO Pure Glow Renewing Daily Cleanser ACO Spotless Daily Face Wash ASDA Tea Tree Face Scrub Aesop A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser Aesop Calming Shampoo Aesop Classic Shampoo Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser Aesop Redemption Body Scrub Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash Aesop Volumising Shampoo African Extracts Rooibos Scrub African Extracts Spot-Control Face Wash With Bio-Active Rooibos And Baobab Extract Aiken Micellar Cleansing Gel For Face & Body Alkmene Facial Wash Alluskin Purifying Cleanser Alpecin C1 Caffeine Shampoo Alpecin Dandruff Killer Shampoo Alpha Keri Super Hydrating Gentle Wash American Crew Classic Body Wash American Crew Classic Daily Shampoo Andrélon Anti-Roos Shampoo Andrélon Iedere Dag Shampoo Andrélon Pink by Mascha Tropical Repair Shampoo Antica Erboristeria Shampoo Illuminante Apivita Gentle Cleansing Gel For The Intimate Area-Extra Protection Apivita Gentle Intimate Cleansing Gel For Daily Use Apivita Men’S Tonic Shampoo Apoliva Schampo Moist Apoteket Familj 2-i-1 Apoteket Familjens Schampo Aqua Dermis Extra Soft Cleanser ArtDeco White Tea Cleansing Mousse Atsko SNO-Seal Sensi-Clean Shampoo And Body Gel Aussie Blonde Hydration Purple Shampoo Aveo Professional Shampoo Wunderbare Lockenliebe Avon Sabonete Líquido Intimo Simply Delicate Calming