Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
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What is it?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is a relatively newer chemical to the market. It is increasingly becoming a replacement for sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfate. It is a surfactant used to clean, de-grease, and create lather.
There is not a wealth of information available on this ingredients, however, the EPA has provided some on this pdf.
- Considered to be moderately irritating to skin
- Moderately irritating to eyes
- No evidence of reproductive toxicity in humans
- Not considered to be readily biodegradable
- Moderately toxic to fish and aquatic life
Although it seems to be a "safer" alternative to sodium lauryl sulfate, it still does pose the risk of skin irritation. Additionally, it's not an environmentally-friendly option, as it takes a long time to bio-degrade and does pollute aquatic ecosystems.