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Brief introduction of Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

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What Is It?

Sodium Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates (Sodium C12-14 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium C14-18 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium C16-18 Olefin Sulfonate) are mixtures of long chain sulfonate salts prepared by the sulfonation of alpha olefins. The numbers indicate the average lengths of the carbon chains of the alpha olefins. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sodium Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates are used mainly in shampoos and bath and shower products.

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Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away.

Scientific Facts:

Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates and their salts can be produced from the cracking of paraffin wax. However, for large-scale production of Sodium Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates, synthesis usually occurs via the cracking of petroleum. In cosmetics and personal care products, these ingredients function as surfactants - cleansing agents.