Why is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate in my shampoo?

Wondering why your natural shampoo has Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate in its ingredient list? Is that the same as the infamous SLS everyone is afraid of? In this article, we’re giving a definitive answer about all things Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate. 

What is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate?

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is a naturally-occurring powder or liquid derived from coconuts. In your shampoo, it plays a crucial role as a surfactant — an ingredient that is able to lift dirt and oils from your hair. In simpler words, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is what makes your shampoo foam and clean your hair. 

Is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate safe?

According to the FDA, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is completely safe if used as intended. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (CIR) confirmed the safety of this ingredient.

Their findings proved that Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is unlikely to cause sensitivity or skin irritation. 

Is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate a sulfate?

Despite the fact that the first three letters are matching its less-than-popular counterpart, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is not a sulfate. That’s why it’s one of the main ingredients in our Silk’e sulfate-free shampoo.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate vs Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Apart from a similar name, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate have one thing in common: both are popular surfactants, often found in shampoos and other cosmetic products. This is where the similarities end. 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, while very effective for cleaning off any dirt and oils, does it a little bit too effective. It’s so powerful that it strips your scalp of its natural protection, making your hair more oily over time and prone to breakage. 

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is much more gentle on your scalp and hair. It removes the dirt but keeps just enough natural skin oil to protect your hair. 

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