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SODIUM OLETH SULFATE

Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
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About SODIUM OLETH SULFATE: Sodium Oleth Sulfate is a sodium salt of the sulfate ester of the polyethylene glycol ether ofoleyl alcohol.

This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Found in fish oils. Used in the manufacture of detergents, as a plasticizer for softening fabrics, and as a carrier for medications. Derivatives: Oleths, Oleyl Arachidate, Oleyl Imidazoline.

Function(s): Surfactant - Cleansing Agent; EMULSIFYING; FOAMING

Synonym(s): POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) , .ALPHA.-SULFO-.OMEGA.- [ (9Z) -9-OCTADECENYLOXY] -, SODIUM SALT; SODIUM POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) OLEYL ETHER SULFATE; SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) OLEYL ETHER SULFATE

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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Contamination concerns

Impurity Score
ETHYLENE OXIDE
Data: Fair
1,4-DIOXANE
Data: Fair

Data Sources

CIR
CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer