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Sodium lauryl sarcosinate

Chemical Formula: CH3(CH2)10CH2C3H6NNaO2



Light yellow, viscous liquid


Sodium lauryl sarcosinate is very similar to the lauryl sulfate class of detergents and surfactants. The sulfate group is replaced with the amino acid sarcosinic acid, and the ammonium group is replaced with a sodium atom.

The result is a detergent that is milder on the skin and oral membranes, and can be used in toothpastes without causing irritation of the gums.

By Simon Quellen Field
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