Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate


Cleansing Agent

Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate description

Sodium palmitoyl sarcosinate is the salt of palmitoyl sarcosinate, which is derived from the amino acid derivative sarcosine. In cosmetics, sodium palmitoyl sarcosinate has hydrating and, when used in higher amounts, gentle cleansing properties. It may be animal-derived, synthetic, or derived from plants (Paula's Choice uses the latter). It is considered safe as used in cosmetics where concentrations up to 5% have been evaluated. Generally, the sarcosinate should not be used in loose powder products due to the risk of particle inhalation.

Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 20, 2001, pages 1-14

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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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