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Isethionic acid sodium salt is an amphoteric detergent used in detergent bar soaps. It makes a dense lather in addition to the lather made by the soap. It is mild on the skin, and non-drying. It works equally well in soft or hard water. It is also an anti-static agent in shampoos.
Kevin D. Barrow.; Robert J. King. Isethionic acid from the marine red alga Ceramium flaccidum. Phytochemistry. 1993, 34 (5),1429-1430.
>J. D. Welty.; W. 0. Read.; E. H. Shaw, Jr. Isolation of 2-Hydroxyethanesulfonic Acid (Isethionic Acid) from Dog Heart. The Journal Of Biological Chemistry . 1962, 237 (4),1160-1161.