Skip Nav
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood Reveals Her Hilarious Guilty Pleasures
Beauty Tips
This 1 Trick Will Ensure You Never Wear the Wrong Lipstick Again
Beauty News
Milk Makeup Has Arrived and It's Just as Rad as We Imagined

Surfactant

Definition: Surfactant

Do you ever wonder what makes your bubbles bubble and your suds sud? They're called surfactants, and they're responsible for the action that helps to make your hair get clean by attracting and carrying away dirt and oils. A clarifying shampoo, for instance, will contain surfactants of a more intense variety. Some common surfactants you might find on your favorite shampoo or soap ingredient lists are sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate.

In recent years, however, these ingredients have come under fire regarding potential safety issues, mainly concerning skin irritation. In response, some companies have started using naturally derived surfactants. Aveda has been able to harvest a highly cleansing and foaming ingredient from a Brazilian nut tree, for instance.

Oh, and if you ever feel that your soap or shampoo is not foaming enough, keep in mind that the image of high-sudsing products are somewhat of a marketing tool. Here's a little tip. Instead of adding more product to get those mountains and mountains of foam, just try adding a splash of water first.

Source

Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
emalove emalove 7 years
Eek...I never knew that sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate were called "surfectants". I avoid using products that contain them!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Wow I never knew!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Wow I never knew!
Latest Beauty
X