Personal Care


Personal care surfactants are major components in shampoo, hair conditioner, body wash and skin-cleansing products. For more than 75 years, Stepan has offered leading anionic surfactant manufacturing, as well as a wide range of anionic, cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants, and surfactant blends.

  • STEPANOL® WA EXTRA: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • STEPANOL® AM: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • STEPANOL® WA-100 NF/USP: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • STEPANOL® DCFAS-N: Sodium Coco Fatty Alcohol Sulfate
  • BIOTERGE® AS-40: Sodium C14-16 Sulfonate
  • STEOL® CS-230: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, 2 Moles EO
  • STEOL® CS-270: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, 2 Moles EO
  • CEDEPAL® TD-403 MFLD: Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
  • AMPHOSOL® CA:  Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • AMPHOSOL® HCG: Cocamidopropyl betaine

Our high-quality, diverse personal care line offers product development scientists a comprehensive toolbox for formulating personal care products to meet ever-changing market requirements. For this reason, Stepan is the largest anionic surfactant supplier in the personal care market.

Today’s Market Landscape

In recent years, the marketplace has seen great change. Increased customer awareness and an overall concern for environmental impact have led consumers to demand milder products based on sustainable, naturally sourced feedstocks.

To meet market requirements, Stepan has introduced several amphoteric, cationic, nonionic and anionic surfactants that are naturally sourced, mild to skin and hair, and sulfate-free. The featured products are sulfate-free and are manufactured to maximize foam quality, viscosity building and skin after-feel in formulated personal care products.


  • ALPHA-STEP® PC-48: Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (and) Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate
  • LATHONAL® LAL: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • STEPAN-MILD® LSB: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate and Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
  • AMPHOSOL® CDB Special: Cetyl Betaine
  • STEPAN-MILD® PCL: Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (and) Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate (and) Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • STEPAN-MILD® L-3: Lauryl Lactyl Lactate
  • STEPAN-MILD® GCC: Glyceryl Caprylate / Caprate
  • STEPAN-MILD® SSL-FB: Sodium Lauroyl

For Stepan’s position on sulfate-free and naturally sourced surfactants, download our Biorenewable Carbon Index (BCI) brochure.

See all Stepan products for personal care.