INCI: Ammonium laureth sulfate

What is Ammonium laureth sulfate?

Ammonium laureth sulfate is a shorter form of ammonium lauryl ether sulfate.  It is a surfactant or wetting agent. It helps by reducing the surface tension of water. It has both hydrophobic long chain at the end of structure and salt as a hydrophilic moiety at the beginning of the structure. Ethoxylated alcohol is another name for ammonium laureth sulfate.

Use & Benefits

Ethoxylation of ammonium lauryl sulfate makes it larger molecule, so it does not penetrate in the skin. It lies on the surface of skin or hair and makes it smoother and glowing. It also acts as an emulsifying agent. It is used in shampoos, skin cleansers, and toothpastes.