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Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate SLES


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Appearance White to yellowish viscous paste
Active Matter % 70±2
Sodium Sulfate % 1.5
Unsulphated matter % 3.5
Color (Hazen 5% a.m.) 20

Packing & Storage

Packingin 170kg Drum or 1050kg IBC
Storage20℃, 2 years.
ShippingRoom temperature in China; may vary elsewhere

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Frequently Asked Questions

Performance and application of sodium lauryl ether sulfate SLES

Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) is a surfactant and detergent ingredient commonly used in various personal care and household cleaning products. It is derived from natural sources, primarily coconut oil, through a process called ethoxylation.

SLES is known for its ability to create lather and foam, making it a popular ingredient in products such as shampoos, soaps, shower gels, toothpaste, and detergents. It helps to cleanse and remove dirt, oils, and other impurities from the skin and hair.

Here are some key characteristics and properties of SLES:

1. Surfactant: SLES is an effective surfactant, which means it can lower the surface tension of water, allowing it to spread more easily and interact with oils and other substances.

2. Foaming Agent: SLES produces rich, stable foam when mixed with water, making it desirable in products that require lathering and foaming properties.

3. Emulsifier: SLES has emulsifying properties, which means it can help mix and stabilize oil and water-based ingredients in a formulation, preventing them from separating.

4. Cleaning Power: SLES has excellent cleansing abilities, enabling it to remove dirt, oils, and greasy residues effectively.

5. Compatibility: SLES is compatible with a wide range of other ingredients commonly used in personal care and cleaning products, making it suitable for various formulations.

However, it’s worth noting that SLES can be a potential skin irritant for some individuals, especially those with sensitive skin. It can cause dryness, redness, and itching in some cases. Some people also express concerns about its potential environmental impact due to its production process and biodegradability.

In recent years, there has been an increasing trend towards using alternative surfactants in personal care products that are perceived as milder and more environmentally friendly. As a result, some brands have started to replace or reduce the use of SLES in their formulations, opting for alternatives like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which is derived from petroleum.

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