Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer

Today's Chemical:

Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer 

EWG Risk Score:


What is it:

(Let's just call it SHLC for short...)  SHLC is a surfactant chemical used to create lather and to clean.

Why is it a risk?

SHLC is one of the very few chemicals on my list that doesn't currently pose any risk.  It's not ethoxylated or processed with any toxic or carcinogenic chemicals.  It's not petroleum based, but processed from sugar or corn.  It has been tested for skin and eye irritation with no adverse effects.

Types of products it's in:


Shower Gels

Companies that use this chemical:

Steph's Opinion:

We use decyl glucoside (aka decyl polyglucose), which is in the same family of surfactants (glucosides) in our lathering salt scrubs.  Of course we would love to use an organic castile soap, as that would be the most natural option, however, when you add castile soap to salt, it becomes a goopy mess that no longer cleans or lathers.  So, that's why we use the next best thing--a glucoside compound.  For once--you can rest easy!  It's got a crazy name, but SHLC is one you can use!

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Reader Comments (1)

Phew! Good to know! This is in Episencial's Playful Foaming Wash. With a scaring long name, I was worried!!

Fri, January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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