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Sodium Laureth 8 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.

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Other Concerns

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

SYNONYMS

LAURETH-8 CARBOXYLIC ACID, SODIUM SALT, PEG-8 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT, POLYOXYETHYLENE (8) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT, SODIUM LAURETH-8 SULFATE, SODIUM POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400 LAURYL ET HER SULFATE, SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE (8) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT LAURETH-8 CARBOXYLIC ACID, SODIUM SALT PEG-8 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, and SODIUM SALT POLYOXYETHYLENE (8) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE

Restricted

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


Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate is a sodium salt of the sulfate ester of the polyethylene glycolether of lauryl alcohol.

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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mask5 products
shampoo2 products
eye makeup remover1 products
facial cleanser1 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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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

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
  • 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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