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Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI): Gentle and effective for sensitive skin

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is a mild surfactant derived from coconut oil. Known for its exceptional foaming properties, SCI offers a gentler alternative to more aggressive surfactants, such as sulfates, often found in body cleansers or shampoos.

Properties of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI):

1. Effective cleansing: SCI has an excellent capacity to remove dirt, excess sebum and impurities from skin and hair, ensuring optimal cleanliness.

2. Abundant foam: Despite its softness, SCI produces a rich, creamy foam, offering a pleasant sensory experience when using cosmetic products.

3. Exceptional gentleness: This surfactant is particularly appreciated for its mildness. It is less irritating than some sulfates, making it an ideal choice for people with sensitive skin.

4. Compatibility with Other Ingredients: SCI mixes easily with other ingredients, making it a versatile component in a variety of cosmetic formulations.

5. Stability: It remains stable even under varying pH conditions, guaranteeing consistent efficacy in a wide range of products.

Suitable for sensitive skin:

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is particularly suitable for sensitive skin for several reasons:

1. Less irritating: Compared to some stronger surfactants, SCI is less likely to cause skin irritation, making it a preferred choice for people with sensitive skin.

2. Moisture retention: Unlike some cleansing agents which can dry out the skin, SCI has the ability to cleanse while preserving the skin's natural moisture.

3. Compatibility with soothing ingredients: SCI can be combined with soothing ingredients such as soothing plant oils or butter to create formulations specifically designed to soothe and calm sensitive skin.

4. Gentle, effective cleansing: provides deep cleansing without compromising the delicacy required for sensitive skin.

However, beware of the concentration of surfactant in your foaming skincare product:

Used in too high a concentration, SCI could be responsible for itching or dryness: some solid shampoos are obtained from standard formulas, based on SCI and hydrogenated oils, which are customized with a marketing ingredient in minimal concentration and fragrances or colorants.
These low-quality shampoos use a high SCI concentration to guarantee abundant foam. This concentration is too aggressive for sensitive scalps and skin.
Fossette Paris has developed unique formulas using an innovative manufacturing process. Each ingredient in Soin Lavant Doux or Shampoing Parfait has been meticulously selected and dosed. By reducing the concentration of SCI and combining it with plant-derived foam boosters, or cotensio-actives, we've succeeded in formulating a shampoo and cleanser that lather abundantly, yet are ultra-gentle to perfectly respect your sensitive skin!

SCI, an enlightened choice by Fossette Paris

Fossette Paris, committed to developing products that are eco-responsible but above all respectful of your skin, has chosen for its formulas noble ingredients, certified organic and sourced in France. They contain no controversial or potentially irritating ingredients, and are guaranteed free of allergens, essential oils or preservatives.

For its foaming products, Fossette Paris has chosen Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) as its surfactant. A gentle, skin-friendly surfactant, it is also biodegradable, which means it breaks down more easily in the environment.
It should be noted that SCI has not yet been validated by the Ecocert system (although it may be possible to distinguish between the different origins of SCI in the future).
Fossette Paris has therefore deliberately chosen not to apply this certification to its foaming products, in order to guarantee abundant foam that is nevertheless ultra-gentle and respectful of your skin and hair.
That's our priority!

Although SCI is generally considered to be an environmentally-friendly ingredient, the specific carbon impact depends on the particular manufacturing process used by the supplier.
It is for this reason that this ingredient is not currently validated in the Ecocert standard, which cannot take into account the different manufacturing processes in its current certification system.

Fossette Paris is a transparent brand committed to sustainability and eco-responsibility. Our packs are Home Compost certified, our ingredients are sourced in France and are certified organic.

So, to minimize the environmental impact of the SCI used in its formulas, Fossette Paris has sought out a product whose origin and manufacturing process are specified and respectful of the environment, following strict environmental standards such as ISO 14001, which focus on environmental management, using renewable energies to help reduce the carbon footprint, to guarantee you care that respects your skin, as well as our planet.


Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is a wise choice for cosmetic products designed for sensitive skin, thanks to its effective cleansing properties and exceptional gentleness. Fossette Paris has found the right balance of each ingredient to guarantee sensorial foaming skin care products that are clinically proven effective, ultra-gentle and dermatologically tested on sensitive skin, but also respectful of the environment!

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