Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

What It Does

Create ultra-creamy, dense foam with this coconut-based cleanser. Use a little in any liquid cleanser, or a lot in any solid bar to get gentle cleansing with a luxurious, silky after feel. This anionic surfactant is hard water tolerant and will not leave a soap film or residue.

This surfactant should be used in conjunction with Shea Butter Surfactant in a liquid cleanser. It has poor water solubility and will crystallize back out if used alone.

Although our Creamy Coconut Surfactant is supplied in flake form, this product is known to have dust that can be an inhalation hazard. When working with any format of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, work in an area with adequate ventilation and wear a particle mask to avoid inhalation.

How It's Made

Coconut oil undergoes chemical synthesis with Sodium Isethionate to form Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate.

Nut Free
Nut Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

People and Planet

Readily Biodegradable

Geographical Origin

Cultivated in Indonesia
Processed in United States

Ingredient Origin

Plant (Coconut)


Cleansing Agent

Types of Formulas

Liquid Cleansers, Solid Bar Cleansers, Hand Washes, Body Washes - any cleansing product that rinses off.

Use Level

Clear Liquid Cleanser: 1 - 2%
Opaque Liquid Cleanser: 2 - 8%
Solid Bar Cleanser: 2 - 60%

Color / Odor / Appearance

Off White / Soapy / Dusty Flake


Poor water solubility - needs other surfactants to dissolve in water

Melting Point

Dissolves at 185ºF with other surfactants

Activity Level



Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.

Shelf Life

See expiration date on Certificate of Analysis.


For external use only. Product generates dust that is an inhalation hazard. Work in a well-ventilated area and wear proper protective equipment, such as a particle mask, when working with this material.

Regulatory Documents

Why It's Special

Our Creamy Coconut Surfactant took months of research - it has the smallest free fatty acid range on the market, meaning less crystallization in your formulas.

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Coconut oil is extracted from coconuts.


Free fatty acids from coconut oil undergo chemical synthesis with reactants to produce SCI.


SCI is formed into flakes, noodles, or pulverized into powder, depending on end use.

Make It Yours
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Double boiler
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Skill Level: Medium

Makes 150 grams or 5 ounces.

1 Distilled or Deionized Water 62.7%  94.05 g
2 Organic Glycerin 5.0% 7.5 g
3 Shea Butter Surfactant 24.0% 36.0 g
4 Creamy Coconut Surfactant 7.0% 10.5 g
5 Lavender Essential Oil 0.3% 0.45 g
6 Preservative PE 1.0%  1.5 g
TOTAL 100%  150.0 g

Prepare a clean, sterilized double boiler with tap water in the bottom pan and add Deionized or Distilled Water to the top pan. Begin heating the mixture to 185ºF with light stirring. Begin adding Organic Glycerin and Shea Butter surfactant, gently stirring until homogenous.

Ensuring proper safety precautions are followed and protective equipment is being worn, weigh your Creamy Coconut Surfactant. Once temperature is 180-185ºF, slowly add it, stirring gently to avoid aeration. It will take time for this ingredient to dissolve.

Once dissolved, turn off heat and let product cool with gentle stirring. Once cool, add essential oil and Preservative PE with stirring.

Pour into bottle and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Shea Butteramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.