Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate (Bio-Terge AS90)

What is it? Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate is a mild solid anionic surfactant made from coconut oil.
INCI Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate
Appearance Fine white powder
Usage rate The CIR Expert Panel has determined sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate to be safe for use in rinse-off products (no upper limit mentioned) and safe at up to 2% in leave-on products.
Texture Dry, fine powder
Scent Detergent-y/soap-y
Active Surfactant Matter 88%
pH 8–10 (5% in water)
Charge Anionic
Solubility Water
Why do we use it in formulations? Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate can function as a primary or complimentary cleansing surfactant in all kinds of formulations.
Do you need it? No; I would chose Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) and Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS) first. Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate is a good alternative to SCS if you are looking for a sulfate-free alternative.
Strengths Biodegradable anionic surfactant with excellent flash foam that performs well over a wide pH range.
Weaknesses It seems to be harder to find than many other surfactants.
Alternatives & Substitutions You’ll need a solid anionic surfactant; SLSa would be my first choice.
How to Work with It Wear a dust mask! Inhaling solid surfactants is incredibly unpleasant.

Include in the water or surfactant phase of products. Can be hot or cold processed, as needed.

Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate should last two to three years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate is especially floaty—make sure you wear your dust mask! It is fine enough that it can be incorporated into solid detergent products (like shampoo bars) without heating.
Recommended starter amount 250g (0.5lb)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier.

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February 3, 2019