Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) Powder

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Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is a mild anionic surfactant derived from coconut oil. It is used to formulate solid cleansing products and opaque liquid cleansing products.

INCI Name: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Other Names: Baby Lather, SCI Powder, SCI

Derived From: Coconuts, sodium isethionate

Appearance: Comes in fine powder form or granules, and also comes in flakes or noodles, depending on availability

Colour: White to off-white

Smell: Soapy, detergent odour

Ingredient Function: Cleaning agent/ foaming ingredient

Solubility: Soluble in hot water; partly soluble in cold water

Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container, in a dark and dry ventilated place, away from moisture

Shelf Life: 4 years, when properly stored

Usage Rate: 1-10%, up to 40% [Solid bars – 30%; Liquid soaps – 5 to 15% for a start]

PH Range: 4.5-6.5 (in 10% solution)

ASM (Active Surfactant Matter): 85%

Polarity: Anionic

Formulation Notes:

  • Add to the Surfactant Phase of your formulation [Mix SCI with other surfactants (anionic or nonionic)]
  •  It needs to first be dissolved in a suitable solvent before using it in a formulation
  • How to dissolve SCI: Combine it with the liquid amphoteric surfactant(s) in your recipe (such as Cocamidopropyl Betaine or other), and then heat in a water-bath until there’s a a uniform paste. This paste will dissolve in water
  • Hydrous formulations including SCI (Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate) should have a pH of 6 to 8


Types of Products Formulated with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI)

  • Hair shampoos
  • Baby shampoos
  • Face cleansers
  • Hand wash
  • Bath washes, shower gels, bubble baths
  • Bath bombs
  • Bath salts
  • Shaving soaps
  • Detergent soap bars
  • Solid Bar soaps, Shampoo bars
  • Foaming body scrub, foaming face cleansers


*NOTE: This product is for external use only; Use for cosmetic formulations only; Wear a dust mask when working with this ingredient.

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1 review for Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) Powder

  1. Esther Osadolor (verified owner)

    I got my package today and I’m happy.

    • ElsieOrganics (store manager)

      Thanks for informing us. We can’t wait for you to shop with us again.

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