Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) - Powder

Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) - Powder

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Also known as Coco Sulfate, Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) is a solid anionic surfactant of coconut origin. It is not the same thing as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and is generally accepted as a gentler alternative.

INCI Sodium Coco Sulfate
Active Surfactant Matter 95%
Appearance White Powder 
Usage rate

The CIR has not declared a maximum usage level for Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) in rinse-off products, declaring it “safe for use in rinse-off products”. It is limited to 1% in leave-on formulations (source).

As Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) is a very effective cleanser, 1%-15% is generally suitable in liquid formulations. Solid cleansers will generally use quite a lot more as Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) is 3%-40% part of the solid-ness. As the CIR has not declared a maximum allowable usage level, let the performance of the formulation be your guide.

Applications Shampoos, detergent bars, bubble bath, facial cleansers, baby products, Shaving products
Scent Characteristically soapy/detergent
pH 7.5–10.5 (1% solution)
Charge Anionic
Solubility Water
Why do we use it in formulations? It offers fantastic, fluffy, super-abundant lather and is a strong cleanser.
Strengths Ample, rich lather and strong cleansing/de-greasing.
Weaknesses It is a stronger surfactant and could irritate very sensitive skin. It also has a higher pH and products made with it typically need to be adjusted.
How to Work with It

Wear a dust mask! Inhaling airborne powdered surfactants is unbelievably unpleasant.

You can dissolve it into the heated water phase for liquid concoctions or stir/mash the powder into blends of butters and/or other surfactants to create syndet bars. It can also be added to the powder phase of bath bombs and other bath products.

  • Excellent foam in hard or soft water
  • Gentle on skin and eyes
  • Impart a silky after feel on the skin
  • Mild but effective cleansing
  • Mild odor
  • From a natural, renewable, vegetable source
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Low dusting

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