Know Your Ingredients: TEA-Lauryl Sulfate

What it is
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, the triethanolamine salt of Lauryl Sulfate, is a viscous and yellow liquid.

What it does
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate is a cleansing agent and is very used in shampoos and other personal care products.

Side effects
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate is safe for use in concentrations up to 10.5%. Higher concentrations may cause eye and skin irritation, especially if allowed to remain in prolonged contact with the skin.
Products containing this ingredients may give rise to nitrosoamines, which are carcinogens, in the presence of nitrate or other nitrosating agents. In addition, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate may contain small amounts of diethanolamine (DEA), which can produce nitrosamines when used in products containing N-nitrosating agents.

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  1. …and by “tips” of course I meant to say “information”. *Doh* For my next trick, I’ll prove that typing at 3 a.m. is hazardous to your health… ;-)

  2. Thanks, I’m glad you like these posts too.
    And that’s ok, I make a lot of mistakes like that when I wite late at night, which is something that I shouldn’t really be allowed to do lol

  3. If TEA is used in all products, what percentage would also be a question to ask, cause we don’t seem to have an alternative? Help

  4. Catherine, TEA is used in a lot, but not all, products so if you want to avoid using this ingredient you can. TEA is considered to be safe in concentrations up to 10.5% but in most products is used at much less doses (1-2%).

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