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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 A'pieu Nonco Mastic Relaxing Gel Foam 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 Classic Shampoo Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash 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 Andrélon Iedere Dag 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 Atsko SNO-Seal Sensi-Clean Shampoo And Body Gel BEYOND Body Lifting Shower Gel BEYOND Waterful Body Shower Gel Balea Professional Tiefenreinigung Shampoo Balea Waschgel Erfrischend Balea Med Duschgel 5% Urea 2In1 Dusche + Shampoo Bamford Botanic Shampoo Baxter Citrus And Herbal Musk Invigorating Body Wash Beauty Formulas New Skin Glycolic Facial Wash Bioderma Atoderm Gel Douche Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Gel Moussant Bioderma Nodé Ds+ Shampooing Bioelements Decongestant Cleanser Björn Axén Volumizing Shampoo Body Shop Bodyshop Coconut Shower Cream Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo Body Shop Mango Shower Gel Boots Cucumber Facial Wash Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Wash Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash Brillare Science Hairfall Control Shampoo Brillare Science Heavy Moisturising Shampoo Bumble And Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo Byredo Suede Caolion Magic Black Powder Foam Cleanser