Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Q: Hi! Went over your list of of synthetic boosters (An article from Sharon Kinnier) and was wondering if sodium cocoyl glutamate is not a good replacement for sodium lauryl sulfate because I was told it came from tapioca and coconut oil???? Is this not considered natural?? I am so confused. Thanks for any info.

A: Hello,

Coconut oil is a common raw material for many chemicals because it is widely available and inexpensive. That something has been made from Coconut oil, or Tapioca, and is a synthetic chemical is not unusual, since all synthetic chemicals have to start from something.

Sodium cocoyl glutamate is a synthetic chemical. It is similar chemically to Sodium lauryl sulfate, hence the similar properties. As a substitute for SLS it may be milder on the skin (I don't have data on that), but it should not be promoted as a natural alternative.
I hope that this helps.

Best regards,

Ivana K.

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