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Tom’s of Maine uses SLS in our toothpaste to properly disperse the ingredients, and ensure easy
rinsing and removal of debris (i.e. food particles).
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant (foaming agent). At Tom’s 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. The SLS Tom’s uses is naturally-derived and
meets the strict guidelines of our stewardship model for being a natural, sustainable and responsible (safe,
We've set high standards in defining "natural", "sustainable", and "responsible". Stewardship Model
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