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Data: Limited

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

FATTY ACIDS, COCO, 2SULFOETHYL ESTERS, SODIUM SALTS, FATTY ACIDS, COCONUT OIL, SULFOETHYL ESTERS, SODIUM SALTS, SODIUM COCOYL ETHYL ESTER SULFONATE, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, SODIUM SALTS FATTY ACIDS, COCONUT OIL, SULFOETHYL ESTERS, and SULFOETHYL ESTERS SODIUM SALTS FATTY ACIDS, COCONUT OIL

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a surfactant based on fatty acids from coconut oil and isoethionic acid, a type of sulfonic acid.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo386 products
body wash/cleanser178 products
facial cleanser132 products
exfoliant/scrub112 products
bar soap62 products
liquid hand soap39 products
baby shampoo32 products
conditioner23 products
hair color and bleaching22 products
bath oil/salts/soak22 products
shaving cream22 products
bubble bath21 products
baby soap17 products
hair treatment/serum13 products
mask12 products
shaving cream (men's)8 products
baby bubble bath5 products
hair styling aide5 products
beard cleanser5 products
makeup remover5 products
facial moisturizer/treatment4 products
baby lotion2 products
beard care2 products
2 products
moisturizer1 products
facial powder1 products
body powder1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
around-eye cream1 products
body firming lotion1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
foot cleansing1 products
oil controller1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products

Use restrictions

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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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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
6 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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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