Follow us on our new Insta page »
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

A'pieu Nonco Mastic Relaxing Gel Foam ACO Spotless Daily Face Wash Aiken Micellar Cleansing Gel For Face & Body Bamford Botanic Shampoo Brillare Science Hairfall Control Shampoo Brillare Science Heavy Moisturising Shampoo Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash Clean And Clear Night Relaxing Face Deep Cleaning Face Wash Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula Context Micro-Derm Regenerator Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Foaming Cleanser 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 ISANA med Waschlotion Jean & Len Shampoo Detox Black Tea & Mate Jean & Len Shampoo Feuchtigkeit Rosemary & Ginger Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Riche Shampoo Kerasys Damage Clinic Shampoo Kerasys Propolis Energy Shampoo Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser Klorane Shampoo With Peony La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleansing Foaming Gel La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel L´Occitane Aromachologie Body & Strength Shampoo Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap Murad Age Reform Refreshing Cleanser Murad Aha/Bha Exfoliating Cleanser Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Pads Neutrogena Shampoo, Anti-Residue Formula Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash No7 Perfecting Body Polish NovAge Men Purifying & Exfoliating Cleanser Old Spice Pure Sport Plus Body Wash Pantene Pro-V Advanced Carr Shampo Pantene Pro-V Shampoo Rigenera E Protegge Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo 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 Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo Philosophy Pure Grace Pro: Voke Touch Of Silver Shampoo RE:ERTH Clarifying Cleanser RITUALS The Ritual Of Karma Shower Scrub