Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent. SLES, SLS and ALS are surfactants that are used in many cosmetic products for their cleansing and emulsifying properties. They behave similarly to soap.


Sodium laureth sulphate is an ionic surfactant that is primarily used as a surfactant.



An excellent foaming agent, that provides lasting and consistent foam with excellent skin cleaning abilities.

Sodium laureth sulphate imparts skin softening properties. Sodium laureth sulphate is an ionic surfactant.


Latin Name

Sodium laureth sulphate


Cas Number




Coconut and Fruit Sugars


How to use

Blend with other surfactants to produce a foaming product with skin cleansing abilities. Sodium laureth sulphate is best used in combination with Cocamidipropyl betaine to enhance flash foam and cleansing properties.

Use with Cocamidipropyl betaine and salts to adjust viscosity and thickness.


Recommended Usage Level

10% - 20% (Face Wash)
15% - 30% (Shower Gel / Bath Foam / Shampoo)

Sodium laureth sulphate - SLES 27% - Sodium lauryl ether sulphate


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