Sodium cocoyl isethionate
EWG Risk Score:
1 (Should be higher!)
What is it?
Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a surfactant/detergent used as a cleansing agent and to impart lather in shampoos, body washes, facial care, and toothpastes.
What are its risks?
- Sodium cocoyl isethionate can pose skin irritation depending on the individual's suseptibility and concentration used. However, it is considered to be, generally, a milder option. (Source)
- Sodium cocoyl isethionate is created by combining fatty acids with isethionic acid. Isethionic acid is created by combining sodium bisulfite in an aqueous solution and ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen. Traces of ethylene oxide can remain in the product, along with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane. (Source)