Lauryl Glucoside

What is it?

Lauryl glucoside is a dispersant or surfactant that is made from coconut or palm oil and glucose from corn. Surfactants  have foaming qualities that are important to disperse the toothpaste while brushing.

What does it do?

Surfactants are used in our toothpaste to properly disperse the ingredients, and ensure easy rinsing and removal of debris (i.e., food particles).

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

What are the alternatives?

There are alternative surfactant systems that are used in oral care products.  Many toothpastes, including most of Tom's of Maine toothpastes, use sodium lauryl sulfate as the surfactant. At Tom's of Maine, our sodium lauryl sulfate is naturally derived from coconut and/or palm kernel oil. Sodium lauryl sulfate has a long history of safe use in a variety of consumer personal care products, including toothpaste. See more information on sodium lauryl sulfate.

Is this the right option for me?

There are no known risks associated with the use of lauryl glucoside. 

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.