Sodium lauryl sulfate also known as SLS: A highly controversial synthetic detergent (often cited as a carcinogen), found in everything from toothpaste to dish soap. According to Seventh Generation, the anti- SLS campaign is an internet myth, and there is no evidence that SLS is a carcinogen. SLS can hide in products as “coconut-derived surfactants.” SLS is derived from palm oil, which is implicated in climate change due to the massive deforestation that is taking place in tropical regions in order to plant palm trees. Skin Deep score: 3; EWG score: D
Synonyms for sodium lauryl sulfate: sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt; sodium lauryl sulfate; monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid; sodium dodecyl sulfate; sodium dodecyl sulphate; sodium salt sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester; sulfic acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt; AI3-00356; akyposal sds; aquarex me; aquarex methyl.