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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.
  • 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.

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

ALPHA-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), αSULFOω(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

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.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

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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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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
54 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
  • 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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