Last time, we learned what synthetic surfactants are and how you could identify them by the composition. Do you remember ‘Sulfate’ and ‘PEG’ that you should be aware of? If some products that you use contain sulfate or PEG, you had better stop using them. (Read more)

 

What are the substitutions for petroleum-derived surfactants?

Surfactants are widely used for making products more functional, yet they can cause many health problems. Then, what kind of products are safe to use? AROMATICA uses plant-derived surfactants such as coconut oil and almond oil for their excellent and safe cleaning capabilities. However, take into account that if you apply coconut oil directly to the face or scalp, it doesn’t clean the oil and grease well. For this reason, chemical processing is required to ensure that vegetable oils act as surfactants. Therefore, it is more accurate to say natural-derived surfactant or plant-derived surfactant rather than natural surfactant.

In the manufacturing process of the plant-derived surfactants, it is important to have the safe producing environment. The surfactants must not be exposed to harmful substances in different steps of the manufacturing. For example, Cocomidopropyl betaine, with score 4 by EWG Skin Deep, looks like a safe product made from coconut. However, during the processing of this product, some harmful compounds such as Nitrosamines and Acrylonitrile can be generated. You should avoid these compounds because most Nitrosamines are carcinogenic while Acrylonitrile is poisonous by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact.

 

Be careful of ‘fake natural’ surfactants?

In the manufacturing process of the plant-derived surfactants, it is important to have the safe producing environment. The surfactants must not be exposed to harmful substances in different steps of the manufacturing. For example, Cocomidopropyl betaine, with score 4 by EWG Skin Deep, looks like a safe product made from coconut. However, during the processing of this product, some harmful compounds such as Nitrosamines and Acrylonitrile can be generated. You should avoid these compounds because most Nitrosamines are carcinogenic while Acrylonitrile is poisonous by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact.

 

Is this surfactant ingredient safe?

As you already know, there are two main harmful petroleum-based synthetic surfactant elements: sulfate and PEG. Along with these synthetic components, you should also be careful using Cocomidopropyl betaine, so-called natural surfactant from coconut. If you are wondering whether the ingredients are safe or not, try searching for the ingredient score with EWG Skin Deep.

 

 

 

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