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    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

    Today's Chemical:

    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

    EWG Skin Deep Hazard Score:


    What is it:

    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is a synthetic surfactant used as a detergent, skin conditioning agent and emulsifier. 

    What are its risks:

    • Under certain conditions, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate can break down and form carcinogenic nitrosamines. (Source)
    • The Cosmetics Ingredient Review Board advises that it should not be used at more than a 5% concentration, and should only be used in wash-off products.
    • Can be a contact allergen. (source)

    Steph's Opinion:

    Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate has the same initials as sodium lauryl sulfate, and the same risks. 



    Today's Chemical:


    EWG Risk Score:


    What is it?
    Cleaning agent, thickener, emulsifier. Found in: Deodorants, lotions, cleaners, salad dressings.

    Why is it a risk?
    Steareth-20 is also known as polyoxyethylene 20 stearyl ether. It's created by reacting innocuous stearic acid with carcinogenic ethylene oxide, traces of which and its carcinogenic by-product 1,4-dioxane can remain in the product. (Read what the FDA says about it here). 


    Cocamide DEA

    Today's Chemical:

    Cocamide DEA

    EWG Risk Score:


    What is it?

    Cocamide DEA is a foaming/detergent agent. 

    Why is it a risk? 

    • Nitrosamine and 1,4-dioxane contamination 
      Cocamide DEA is created by reacting coconut fatty acids with a chemical called diethanolamine. Diethanolamine is created is made by reacting ethylene oxide and ammonia. Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen and traces of it, along with its carcinogenic by-product 1,4-dioxane can remain in the product. Because it is an amide, it also has the potential for being contaminated with or forming a class of carcinogenic chemicals called nitrosamines. 
    • Diethanolamide contaminaion
      Can contain free diethanolamide either from original processing or as a by-product that releases over time. DEA is a suspected blood toxin, liver toxin, kidney toxin, and neurotoxin. (Source) (Source)
    • Can be a contact allergen
      Uncommon, but it can be a contact allergen in some individuals. (Source
    • Skin issues
      Animal studies showed "incidences of epidermal and sebaceous gland hyperplasia, hyperkeratosis, chronic inflammation, and parakeratosis at the site of application." (Source)




    Cocodiethanolamide is another name for cocamide DEA. See Cocamide DEA


    Tetrasodium EDTA

    Today's Chemical:

    Tetrasodium EDTA

    EWG Risk Score:


    What is it?

    Tetrasodium EDTA is a perservative and chelating agent. It is made by reacting ethylenediamine, formaldehyde and hydrogen or sodium cyanide. 

    What are its risks?

    • Animal studies have found it to be cytotoxic (liver toxin), a genotoxic (toxic to DNA, possibly leading to mutations) through oral ingestion. It has not been found to be carcinogenic (Source)  
    • By itself it's not highly absorbable through the skin, but due to its chelation properties, it is able to increase the absorption of other chemicals present. (Source
    • Harmful if used in a spray application, as it may cause asthma or respiratory irritation. (Source