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Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
  • Products with this ingredient are allowed for use in EWG VERIFIED but must meet use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity restrictions based on EWG review of company data.

IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

● ALPHA-SULFO-OMEGA-(DODECYLOXY)-POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL), AMMONIUM SALT
● AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE
● AMMONIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE
● AMMONIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE ALKYL ETHER SULFATE (3E.O.) SOLUTION
● AMMONIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER SULFATE SOLUTION
● AMMONIUM SALT PEG-(1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE
● AMMONIUM SALT POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL),A -SULFO-W -(DODECYLOXY)-
● AMMONIUM SALT POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE
● AMMONIUM SALT POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE
● PEG-(1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, AMMONIUM SALT
● POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL), .ALPHA.-SULFO-.OMEGA.-(DODECYLOXY)-, AMMONIUM SALT
● POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL),A -SULFO-W -(DODECYLOXY)-, AMMONIUM SALT
● POLY(OXY1,2ETHANEDIYL), αSULFOω(DODECYLOXY), AMMONIUMSALT
● POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, AMMONIUM SALT
● POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, AMMONIUM SALT

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


This ingredient is an ammonium salt of ethoxylated lauryl sulfate, a surfactant that contains PEG (polyethylene glycol) in its structure. May be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo47 products
liquid hand soap12 products
conditioner9 products
body wash/cleanser7 products
facial cleanser4 products
toners/astringents1 products
baby shampoo1 products
mask1 products
hair treatment/serum1 products
hair spray1 products
hair relaxer1 products

Contamination concerns

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Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
8 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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