Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate


Texture enhancer

No known benefits

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate at a glance

  • Naturally derived ingredient
  • Used as an emulsifier and mild thickening agent
  • In higher concentrations, works as a cleanser
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate description

Sodium lauroyl lactylate is a naturally derived ingredient used in skin and hair care products. It is the sodium salt of the reaction of fatty acid lauric acid and the alpha hydroxy acid lactic acid. Sodium lauryoyl lactylate is used as an emulsifier and mild thickening agent in cosmetics. In higher concentrations, it functions as a surfactant, meaning it lowers the surface tension between two substances. This makes oil and dirt rinse more easily washed from skin. As such, sodium lauroyl lactylate is a common ingredient in cleansers and shampoos. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled sodium lauroyl lactylate safe as used in cosmetics. Typical usage levels range from 0.5–5%.

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate references

  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, December 2018, pages 1-20

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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