Sodium 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 and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMSALPHA-SULFO-OMEGA-(DODECYLOXY)POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL), SODIUM SALT, DODECYL SODIUM SULFATE, PEG-(1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT, POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL), .ALPHA.-SULFO-.OMEGA.-(DODECYLOXY)-, SODIUM SALT, POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL),A -SULFO-W (DODECYLOXY)-, SODIUM SALT, POLY(OXY1,2ETHANEDIYL), Î±SULFOÏ‰(DODECYLOXY), SODIUM SALT, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT, POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE , SODIUM SALT, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM PEG LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM SALT PEG-(1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT POLY(OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL),A -SULFO-W (DODECYLOXY)-, SODIUM SALT POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, and SODIUM SALT POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Sodium Laureth Sulfate is and ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|body wash/cleanser||576 products|
|liquid hand soap||395 products|
|facial cleanser||120 products|
|bubble bath||76 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||25 products|
|eye liner||24 products|
|bar soap||24 products|
|baby shampoo||19 products|
|hair color and bleaching||19 products|
|shaving cream||9 products|
|hair treatment/serum||8 products|
|brow liner||7 products|
|baby bubble bath||7 products|
|baby soap||6 products|
|makeup primer||4 products|
|beard cleanser||4 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||3 products|
|foot cleansing||3 products|
|styling mousse/foam||2 products|
|beard care||2 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||2 products|
|serums & essences||2 products|
|eyelash glue||2 products|
|vapor rubs||1 products|
|baby lotion||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|daily use with SPF||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|hair relaxer||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Human any irritant - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|54 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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