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C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate

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C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate

(\ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl\ \ˈetho-zī-lāt\) Naturally Derived
What it is: 

C12-C15 alcohol ethoxylate is a cloudy liquid with a mild odor.[1] 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.[2]

Which products include this ingredient?
Natural Laundry Detergent
Natural Laundry Detergent
Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
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.[3]

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]