Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate Paste


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SLL Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate is a natural, Ecocert, food-grade, emulsifier derived from the sodium salt of lactic acid esterified with lauric acid.  Unlike other surfactants known for irritating or stripping the skin (sodium lauryl sulfate) sodium lauroyl lactylate is known to be much gentler.

INCI: Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate

 Formulating Tips: Typically always added to the water phase * 1.5 to 3.0% in emulsions,  10.0 to 30% in surfactant systems.  

We recommend using a double boiler to partially melt this product. for easy removal from the container.  It can take 80C temperature.

Additional thickening If thickening is required, try 2.0 to 3.0% of cetyl alcohol or cetearyl alcohol . Co-emulsifiers recommended for optimal stability.  1.5 to 2.5% glyceryl stearate, or 2.0 to 2.8% myristyl myristate

For more foamy bubbles some additional surfactants may be used. Try adding 10.0 to 30.0% decyl glucoside for example. 

      When formulating with Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate:

  • There are no thickening properties. Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate does not respond to sodium to thicken.
  • Lactylate are non-ionic and are therefore incompatible with cationics
  • Do not use with the any cationic proteins
  • Do not use with conditioning guar which is also a cationic 

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate offers unsurpassed skin moisturization and a smooth feel on application. This is the emulsifier of choice for all of your natural products when you want top-shelf performance. An excellent choice for your facial products and any products geared toward advanced moisturization. Unlike Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate is a great foamer when your formulation is developed for that purpose.

Due to their sodium backbone the lactylates are able to penetrate the top layers of skin to offer:

  • residual moisturization (moisture barrier)
  • extended fragrance release
  • enhanced delivery of actives

Some important product points to keep in mind when formulating with the lactylates.

  • unlike stand-alone emulsifiers there is / are very little thickening properties
  •  In higher concentrations, it functions as a surfactant.
  • unlike the more common surfactants they will not respond to sodium
  • the lactylates are non-ionic


Appearance: Off White Solid Paste (Wax)                                            
Odour: Characteristic
Solubility: Water
Storage: Tightly Sealed, Protected from Heat, Light, Oxidizing Agents

Stable for 12 months typically and up to 3 years when stored tightly in a cool dark place.

HLBV: * 14.4
  • additional surfactants recommended for optimal foam (formulate for total 30.0 to 40.0 total actives)
    • 10.0 to 30.0% decyl glucoside
  • shaving creams
  • baby wash
  • face wash/cleansers
  • laundry products
  • fragrance sprays / pomades
  • perfuming

NOTE: Use adequate measures to avoid breathing in vapours during processing.

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