Saturday, April 10, 2010

Surfactants: Alkyl glyceride sulfates

Alkyl glyceride sulfates are produced by the transesterification of coconut oil, followed by sulfation with sulfur trioxide then neutralization with lye.

They are great foam boosters and have similar foaming power to the amide ether sulfates. These are great combined with the alkyl polyglucosides, non-ionic surfactants derived from glucose. Alkyl glyceride sulfates will thicken with the use of salt, Crothix, or other surfactant thickeners. They show great skin compatibility, meaning they are gentle cleansers suitable for all skin types.

Again, one of the problems with these surfactants are their availability. Again, I've checked with all my usual suppliers and can't find them anywhere. If you are searching for them, look for a name that looks like "sodium alkyl monoglyceride sulfate".

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