Sodium Lauryl 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 use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
SYNONYMSMONODODECYL ESTER SODIUM SALT SULFURIC ACID, SODIUM DODECYL SULFATE, SODIUM DODECYL SULPHATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM SALT SULFURIC ACID, MONODODECYL ESTER, SULFURIC ACID MONODODECYL ESTER SODIUM SALT, and SULFURIC ACID, MONODODECYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Sodium lauryl sulfate is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|liquid hand soap||147 products|
|body wash/cleanser||128 products|
|hair color and bleaching||37 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||37 products|
|bubble bath||25 products|
|eye liner||24 products|
|bar soap||22 products|
|facial cleanser||22 products|
|tooth whitening||20 products|
|brow liner||16 products|
|shaving cream||11 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||10 products|
|skin fading/lightener||8 products|
|baby toothpaste||8 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||6 products|
|hair styling aide||5 products|
|eye shadow||5 products|
|styling gel/lotion||4 products|
|hair treatment/serum||3 products|
|foot cleansing||2 products|
|beard cleanser||2 products|
|makeup remover||2 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|body firming lotion||1 products|
|eyelash glue||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|
|Classified as medium human health priority||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|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|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|
|90333 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
- 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.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
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