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EcoLogical Surfactants, LLC (ELS) is a leading manufacturer of organic botanical surfactants. ELS developed a reliable, proprietary and organic compliant process, to manufacture chemical free surfactants at competitive prices. ELS’ flagship ingredient is – Berry Saponin ConcentrateTM (BSC); made from wild harvested soap berry fruit from Sapindus mukorossi trees.

ELS is quickly becoming the world’s largest contract manufacturer of consumer-based soap berry laundry detergent, and household cleaning products.

BSC is a natural, non-ionic surfactant, with moderate foaming properties. Berry Saponin ConcentrateTM is amphiphillic in nature, and has an HLB of 14 – 15. Surfactants are a critical component in nearly every personal and home care product. Surfactants provide cleansing, foaming, dispersing, emulsification, wetting, and conditioning functions in finished products. Our organic and natural surfactant can be combined with lower HLB products creating synergistic properties to solve numerous formulation challenges.

BSC is a functional, versatile, and affordable, saponin rich ingredient that can be used in a wide array of personal care and household cleaning applications, such as: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial cleanser, lotion, sunscreen, laundry products, glass cleaner, general purposes cleaner, stain removers, dish washing detergent, and carpet cleaner.


Our pure, organic, and ultra-concentrated, Berry Saponin ConcentrateTM is the powerhouse ingredient in ELS’ unique line of laundry detergent and household cleaning products. By utilizing BSC we can formulate products that instantly deliver more saponins with consistent cleaning power per load of laundry (when compared to using six (6) whole soap berries per load).
Because our products are 99.9% water soluble, they can be used in cold, warm, or hot water washes. The use of cold and warm water vs. hot water in laundry reduces energy consumption and helps conserve our precious natural resources. Link to The Power of Choice.

Consumer Safety

The current soap nuts market lacks regulation which means suppliers are not held to standards for microbial safety. Third-party testing confirms that soap berries do not always meet the basic microbial standards set by either the personal care or household cleaning industries. Even clean looking soap berries can have high levels of mold, coliforms, and plate counts (microorganisms cannot be seen by the naked eye). This can indicate unclean handling and/or storage conditions.
We believe in consumer safety. Consumers have the right to demand safe soap berry based products for themselves, for loved ones, and for their homes. ELS provides a Certificates of Analysis with each order: ensuring our products meet high quality specifications and microbial standards. We urge all consumers to demand suppliers provide basic microbiological testing for their products – ensuring that basic quality and safety standards are met. ELS leads the way by providing customers with Certificates of Analysis and product documentation…it’s the right thing to do!

Innovation and Service

The founders of EcoLogical Surfactants, LLC, had a clear vision: create, brand and market environmentally responsible, highly functional botanical surfactants any personal care or household cleaning marketer can afford. Extensive research and development went into the creation of our unique, saponin rich, organic botanical surfactant. Through innovation of “green” technology, ELS provides needed alternatives to better service formulators and consumers. We embrace the connection between personal wellness and environmental health: ELS is committed to protecting and enhancing that balance.