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Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

* An de-greasing ingredient often found in cleaning products, including shampoo

* Also known as MES

Functions:

According to the Gateway Group, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is a cleaning agent that is gentle to skin. Even in high consistency, it still causes little irritation. It also has good cleaning ability, resistance to hard water, medium foaming ability, easiness of rinsing, good smoothness and biodegradation. It’s found in 95% of commercial shampoos (Source) and acts as a degreaser by binding to dirt and oil on the hair and scalp. It leaves hair clean and shiny and is also found in bubble bath, facial and hand cleanser, dishwasher detergent, etc. Basically, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is found in any cleaning agent that foams.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is very gentle and causes low irritation to skin and eyes. However, many sources claim that MES is carcinogenic because it contains surfactants, which can be contaminated with nitrosamines. It is true that MES is used in car washes, engine degreasers, and other products used on an industrial level, but is generally considered gentle when used in low concentrations such as in health care products.

Recommended Products with Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate:

LATHER Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice ($18); LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub ($38)

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