Sodium Coceth Sulfate
Tue, April 5, 2016 at 7:56 AM
[Stephanie Greenwood]

Today's Chemical:

Sodium Coceth Sulfate

EWG Risk Score:

1 (Should be higher)

What is it?

Sodium coceth sulfate is a surfactant/detergent similar to sodium laureth sulfate. Instead of isolated lauric acid (used in sodium laureth sulfate) it uses the full spectrum of coconut fatty acids.

What are its risks? 

Bottom line:

Sodium coceth sulfate is to sodium laureth sulfate as sodium coco sulfate is to sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium coceth sulfate may be more gentle on skin than sodium laureth sulfate, but it poses the same contamination risks.  

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