Laureth-7 Citrate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Laureth-7 Citrate at a glance

  • Used as a gentle cleansing agent in skin care and hair care formulations
  • Created from a combination of coconut/palm kernel oil, citric acid and ethylene oxide
  • Described as a clear, yellowish liquid in its raw material form
  • Fragrance free

Laureth-7 Citrate description

Laureth-7 citrate primarily functions as a gentle, fragrance-free cleansing agent in skin care and hair care formulations. According to suppliers of this ingredient, it is created from the mixture of coconut/palm kernel oil, citric acid and ethylene oxide. Depending on the composition and processing it goes through, this ingredient may be considered natural or synthetic. Laureth-7 citrate is described as a clear, yellowish liquid. It’s considered non-irritating to skin and causes mild sensitivity if it gets in the eyes.

Laureth-7 Citrate references

  • Special Chem, Accessed January 2022, ePublication    
  • UL Prospector, Accessed January 2022, ePublication    
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, June 2011, pages 1-45

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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