What Is Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate

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In modern-day skincare, there are a lot of hard-to-pronounce ingredients out there. Sometimes it feels like when you read the label on a bottle, it’s not even in English. 

This is why reading labels can be tricky and we sometimes just want to skip over this step. But, if you care about what you put on your body, reading labels is a necessity to choosing wisely the right products for your body. 

One long and seemingly daunting ingredient you might come across is sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate. The name seems intimidating but is it good or bad for you?  Let’s break down what this ingredient is and why you don’t have to be afraid of it. 

Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate Explained

This tongue-twister of an ingredient is a natural alternative to sulfates in a lot of cleansers. It’s sugar-based and is often used in body care and soap products. It’s biodegradable and allows for gentle cleansing of the skin with foaming action

It’s great for sensitive skin and can even be used on babies. This ingredient has evolved over the past five years and has become a very popular substitute for sulfates. Sulfates are often used in hair and skin care products to give them a lather. 

There is a lot of controversy surrounding sulfates because many people suggest that it’s a skin irritant and is often tested on animals, amongst other reasons. 

Difference Between Sulfates and Sulfonate

Generally speaking, although sulfates and sulfonate sound similar, they are pretty different in composition. Sulfonates possess a carbon-sulfur bond, whereas sulfates possess a carbon-oxygen sulfur bond. This produces an inorganic and alcoholic substance. Sulfates are often made from the reaction of fatty alcohols. 

Sulfonates, which is what sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate is, cleanse things like hair without completely stripping the oils from it. That’s why it’s used as an alternative to sulfates because it has a much more gentle effect. 

What Ingredients Should You Avoid In Skin Care Products

Besides sulfates, what are some other ingredients to look out for in your skin and hair care products? We’ll tell you. 

Parabens are good to avoid because they can contribute to hormone imbalances and can lead to reproductive issues. Parabens are found in chemicals like methylparabens, propylparabens, butyl parabens, and ethyl parabens. They are used to help prolong the shelf-life of products and are found in makeup, shampoo, and a lot of body washes. 

Phthalates are often used in beauty products to increase the plastic in cosmetics. It helps the product stick to the skin and can be dangerous especially for children. It’s often found in deodorants, lotions, and hair sprays. 

Fragrance is a broad term used to describe a lot of different chemicals. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions and other health problems down the line. Just because a product says fragrance, doesn’t mean it’s naturally derived. 

Lead is a neurotoxin that is sometimes found in cosmetics. Lead used to be in paint until we learned how bad it was and removed it from everything. Des[ote this, it can still sometimes be found in our beauty supplies. 

Formaldehyde is a chemical that’s used to preserve dead things. It’s linked to asthma and developmental problems and can be found in body washes and shampoos. 

Don’t forget to check the labels on all the products you use on your hair and skin! Any of these common harmful ingredients could be lurking in your shampoo bottle. Even though sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate sounds intimidating, it’s only a sugar-based surfactant. There’s no need to worry that this ingredient is going to cause you any harm.

Mother Dirt Promise

Mother Dirt made a commitment to clean skin and hair care. This means that we only want to use ingredients that are good for you that will help your skin microbiome be more balanced. That’s why we have all of our ingredients listed on our site

So the question that you might be thinking to yourself is, “if you don't use harsh chemicals, then what's the deal with the long complicated names of your ingredients?” Well, we have an answer for you. We use the Latin names of our plant-derived ingredients. This is the way that the FDA requires us to format our labeling. For example, coconut is listed as Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride on our ingredients. 

Using the Latin name comes from the tradition of using Latin for medicinal things. This is because there are many different species within the same genus of plants, therefore it can get confusing without Latin. 

In addition to listing the Latin name for the ingredient, we also include all the compounds of any herb or nutrient. To sum it up, just because you see a long word, doesn’t mean it’s automatically bad. It’s more important to know where these ingredients come from and whether or not they’re naturally occurring or harmful to the body. 

Putting Bacteria Back On Your Skin

Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate might not be a super glamorous name, but neither is bacteria. At Mother Dirt, we’re putting the good bacteria back into your hair and skin care routine. We know that your body has its own ecosystem that consists of thousands of tiny microbes. Without these microbes, your body would be susceptible to all different kinds of things. 

Here at Mother Dirt, our products include probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics to help balance your skin’s microbiome without disrupting it. We want to add good bacteria into your microbiome so that it can help get rid of the harmful bacteria. This will lead to more radiant, healthful skin that’s less prone to breakouts, redness, and other skin issues. 

Probiotic Skincare and Haircare

We offer a revolutionary line of probiotic shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, serum, and mist to benefit your skin microbiome from head-to-toe. If you feel like your skin or hair is in need of a reset button, you’ve come to the right place. When bad habits catch up to you, sometimes you need to completely start over and rethink your routines. 

Finding a natural hair care routine doesn’t have to be daunting. Finding a good shampoo and conditioner for your hair is as easy as clicking a button. Our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash is designed to cleanse your hair using Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate.

Besides Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, our Hair Wash also contains lactic acid, rose water and squalene. All of these ingredients work together to form the best possible shampoo for your hair. This probiotic shampoo can be used on any hair type and will leave your hair feeling healthy and soft afterward. Follow up the wash with our gentle conditioner for shiny, bouncy hair that’s not weighed down.

Our Mission

We want to transform your hair and skin with the power of probiotics. Mother Dirt is actively trying to restore essential bacteria lost to modern hygiene, leading to radiant skin that doesn’t fall victim to environmental and other stressors. 

As a science-first company, we have worked hard to develop products that are capable of preserving bacteria in their living state and restoring the skin’s microbiome. All of our products are revolutionary in design and there is nothing else out there quite like it. 

We already know how effective probiotics are for your gut health, so we took that and ran with it. Research shows that probiotics can be applied topically to yield similar results for your skin. 

Fostering a relationship with the microbial world on your skin is one of the most important steps in regaining healthy hair and skin. Once you understand how the bacteria works for you, you’ll be able to give your body what it needs to stay balanced.  

Why Use Mother Dirt Active Probiotic System

There are a lot of companies out there with eyebrow-raising ingredients on their labels. At Mother Dirt, we have some hard-to-read names on our products, but we make sure to explain what it is in simpler terms and why we use it. 

In Summary

Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate is a mouthful and may seem intimidating, but it’s really a gentle giant. It’s a more natural alternative to sulfates to get a fluffy, foamy lather without the risk of irritation and drying of your skin that can be caused by traditional sulfates. 

Understanding the context behind this ingredient helps shed some light on this mammoth of a surfactant. Hopefully, now you are a little less intimidated by it. To get started on your probiotic skin care journey today, we suggest going with one of our skin care kits that include everything you need to finally get the beautiful, radiant, glowing skin you deserve!  



Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (coconut/palm) Ingredient Allergy Safety Information (skinsafeproducts.com) 

Are Sulfates Good or Bad for You? Know the Facts (healthline.com) 

What Are Parabens? (livescience.com) 

Phthalates (www.fda.gov) 

FDA Fragrances in Cosmetics (www.fda.gov) 

Limiting Lead in Lipstick and Other Cosmetics (www.fda.gov) 

Fact Sheet on Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk (www.cancer.gov)

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