Synonyms: sodium dodecyl sulfate, dodecyl sodium sulfate, SLS, lauryl sodium sulfate, sodium laurylsulfate, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt.

The chemical formula is C12H25NaO4S, giving a molecular weight of 288.38 grams per mol. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is useful in a wide variety of personal care applications in which viscosity building and foam characteristics are of importance. Because of its low salt content, this product is particularly useful in formulations that are sensitive to high levels of sodium chloride. It can be incorporated into shampoos, handsoaps, bath products, shaving creams, and medicated ointments.