What are Surfactants?
A surfactant is a substance that reduces surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Surfactants work by holding oils and dirt in the suspension of the bubbles. When the bubbles are rinsed out so is the dirt. This is the basic principle behind shampoos.
SLS and SLES are sulfates. Sulfates are a combination of sulfur and oxygen which are a part of naturally occurring minerals. SLS and SLES both lower the surface tension of water, reducing the amount of work needed to create the foam and increasing the stability of the bubbles that are within it. Sulfates are the surfactants used in shampoos. SLES is a refined version of SLS. To make SLES less irritating, it’s ethoxylated, resulting in the modified compound of SLS.
The two main kinds of cleansers are sulfates and non
sulfates. You can still have a cleaning agent in a shampoo without it being a
sulfate. Alpha olefins are excellent intermediates for producing alpha olefin
sulfonate (AOS) surfactants. These surfactants provide outstanding detergency,
high compatibility with hard water, and good wetting and foaming properties.
AOS is known free of skin irritants and sensitizers, and it biodegrades
rapidly. It is used in high-quality shampoos, light-duty liquid detergents, bubble
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