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Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a yellow-white paste with the chemical formula C14H29NaO5S. it is an anionic surfactant widely used in many personal care products like shampoo, toothpaste, hand wash, and cosmetics. The aqueous solution of commercial products usually contains 30 to 70% SLES. 

ArChem provides SLES and other raw chemical materials such as Sodium Nitrate, Soda Ash, and Ammonium Chloride for various industrial applications. Additionally, ArChem provides customers with other chemical products including Nitrocellulose, Nitrocellulose solution, organic solvents, etc. for further information please contact our technical sales team in ArChem. 

sles (Sodium laureth sulfate)

What is SLES?

sles (Sodium laureth sulfate)

Archem Sodium laureth sulfate (also known as SLES, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Dodecyl sodium ethoxysulfate, and Sodium lauryl oxyethyl sulfate) is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. Additionally, this product is a very effective foaming agent, especially in industrial applications. The main attributes of Archem SLES are listed below:

  • Excellent detergency
  • Excellent solubility
  • Good emulsification property
  • High foamability
  • Low irritation to skin and eyes

SLES Technical Properties

Archem SLES is a surfactant that lowers the surface tension between the ingredients, and due to this property, it is a good cleansing and foaming agent. Plus, the minimum degree of skin irritation and insensitivity to hard water makes it the ideal component in different personal care products. The chemical and physical properties of ArChem SLES are listed below:

Molecular FormulaC14H29NaO5S
IUPAC nameSodium 2-(2-dodecyloxyethoxy) ethyl sulphate
Cas Number9004-82-4
Molecular weight288.3 g/mol
Density1.01 g cm–3
Boiling Point288.4 °C
Flashpoint>93 °C
Melting Point206 °C
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SLES Applications

SLES is inexpensive, has great cleaning properties, and acts as a great foaming agent. So it is suitable for use in cosmetic products to perform emulsification and cleaning. Some uses of ArChem SLES include:

  • Wetting Agents
  • Detergents
  • Industrial Cleaners
  • Personal Care
  • Emulsifiers

SLES Production

The chemical reaction of Lauryl alcohol with petroleum or oil (palm oil and coconut oil) produces Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Then, to obtain SLES from SLS, it should react with ethylene oxide. This process is known as ethoxylation.

SLES Storage 

Storage conditions of ArChem SLES are listed below:

  • SLES should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place.
  • Containers should be tightly closed and sealed until ready for use. Plus, containers that have been opened must be carefully resealed and kept upright to prevent leakage.
  • This product should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  • SLES should be kept away from heat and sources of ignition.

SLES Health Hazards

The severity of the symptoms will vary dependent on the concentration and the length of exposure. Some of necessary first-aid measures are described as below:

  • If inhaled, remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • In the case of ingestion, rinse mouth, then drink 1 – 2 glasses of water. Do not induce vomiting. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • In the case of skin contact, remove contaminated clothing and shoes immediately. Flush skin with running water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention if irritation occurs. Chemical burns must be treated promptly by a physician. Wash contaminated clothing and shoes before reuse.
  • If in eyes, immediately flush eyes with running water for several minutes, holding eyelids open and occasionally lifting the upper and lower lids. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention immediately.

Operators should wash their hands before breaks and after work. they should use personal protective types of equipment and wear chemical impermeable gloves when handling SLES to avoid contact with the body, skin, and eyes.

Raw chemical materials are used in the production of chemicals, cosmetics, disinfectants, pharmaceuticals and food additives. ArChem provides customers with the best quality raw chemical materials and competitive prices on the market.
Please contact us for a price quote, to request detailed product information and specifications, or to have a sales representative call or visit.


What is SLES used for? 

SLES is mostly used in the production of industrial cleaners, emulsifiers, detergents, dish wash detergents, and general cleaners.

What is the other name of SLES? 

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), is also known as Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Dodecyl sodium ethoxysulfate, and Sodium lauryl oxyethyl sulfate.

What is the price of SLES? 

ArChem raw chemical materials can be purchased in a variety of volumes. Depending on your orders, Prices are different. for more information, please contact our technical sales team in ArChem.

What is the CAS number of SLES? 

The CAS number of SLES is 9004-82-4.

What is the HS code for SLES? 

The HS code of SLES is 34021100.

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