C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate is a cloudy liquid with a mild odor. It is derived from palm kernel or coconut oil.
What it does in our products:
C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate is a surfactant that breaks the surface tension of water, allowing things to become clean. It can be found in laundry detergent, surface cleaners, makeup and other products.
Which products include this ingredient?
Natural Laundry Detergent
Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
How it's made:
Commercial alcohol ethoxylate is a mixture of several homologues of varying carbon chain length and degree of ethoxylation. Homologues that are not ethoxylated are also called aliphatic alcohols or simply fatty alcohols.
Why we use it:
We use plant-derived C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate as an alternative to ammonia, petroleum distillates and propellants. It has the unique ability to clean a surface and then evaporate without leaving a residue (especially helpful when cleaning glass, stainless steel and similar surfaces). Ethoxylated alcohols such as C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate are not the same as ethoxylated sulfates, which carry risk of 1,4 dioxane contamination. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[4,5] The EPA and the National Center for Biotechnology Information have deemed 1,4 dioxane a likely carcinogen.[6,7]