Discover the Ingredient: Sulphate


Discover the Ingredient: Sulphate

Sulphate is a cleansing agent and is used in various types of personal care products. It includes shampoos, face cleansers, toothpaste and body washes, etc. Sulphate is a very popular and widely used ingredient for hair care products such as shampoos due to its deep cleansing effects

As per a study, in 2018, the global market value of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) amounted to some 552.5 million U.S. dollars and is expected to grow to nearly 820 million U.S. dollars by 2026.

What is Sulphate?

Sulphate is a salt. It is formed as a result of the reaction between sulfuric acid and another chemical. Sulphate is a broader term for other synthetic sulphate-based chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES).  

SLS and SLES are compounds that are extracted by plant sources and petroleum such as palm oil and coconut. Most beauty brands use them in their hair care products.

Benefits of Sulphate

Sulphate in the form of sodium lauryl sulphate is used in a range of personal care products with a variety of uses. In skincare products, it's used predominantly as a detergent to remove oils.

Cleans Efficiently  

By stripping the oils, sodium lauryl sulphate gives a squeaky-clean feeling. Due to the foamy lather, a bit of the product goes a long way and somewhat makes skincare products a little bit extra efficient.  

Removes Makeup

For those who use a lot of oil-based or long-wear makeup, they would find that an SLS allows them to break it down and erase it effectively.


Sodium lauryl sulphate can aid in binding two ingredients together, such as water and oil, to avoid separation in the formula.

Fights bacteria

Sulphate also has some antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that play a vital role in fighting bacteria.

Easily Rinse

Sulphates like sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) are effective at erasing sebum from the hair and scalp. They can be easily rinsed out with water.

Final Words  

Sulphate is considered an important ingredient in the beauty care industry. Brands use it as a predominant ingredient in hair care products. Keeping in view the commercial significance along with benefits, sulphate can be a major factor for personal care brands to boost product’s efficacy.

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