Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

What does it do?

Surfactants are used in our toothpaste to properly disperse the ingredients, and ensure easy rinsing and removal of debris (i.e. food particles).

What are the alternatives?

Most of Tom's of Maine toothpastes and most other toothpastes use sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as the dispersant and foamer. At Tom's of Maine, our sodium lauryl sulfate is naturally derived from coconut and/or palm kernel oil. SLS has a long history of safe use in a variety of consumer personal care products, including toothpaste. For more information on sodium lauryl sulfate, visit our sodium lauryl sulfate fact sheet at

What are the risks?

There are no known risk associated with the use of sodium cocoyl glutamate. Although Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.

What is it?

Sodium cocoyl glutamate is a dispersant or surfactant that is made from coconut or palm oil and glucose from corn. Surfactants also have foaming qualities that are important to disperse the toothpaste while brushing.

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