Monday, March 21, 2011

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - the bad guys!

Today, I want to talk about two harmful ingredients that are widely used in products you probably have in your house!
Sodium laureth sulfate and its chemical relative, sodium lauryl sulfate, are common foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants, added to bath and body products like bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products.

They are petroleum-based products and are equally used to degrease car engines... In the same way as they dissolve the grease on car engines, SLS/SLES also dissolves the oils on your skin, making it dry and itchy. 

Other dangers of SLS and SLES are:
  • Causing skin irritations
  • Causing skin allergies
  • Gum disease and gingivitis
  • Building up in the internal organs (liver, kidneys, brain)
  • Forming nitrosamines (carcinogens)
  • Being absorbed into the bloodstream
One of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This is may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

So why is these dangerous chemical are used in our soaps and shampoos? The answer is simple - it is a cheap.

Realistically, it is hard to avoid SLS based products as they are found in over 98% of all bath and beauty products on the market. But the trouble is well worth it! But, d
o not believe that just because a product is labeled as "natural" it is free from SLS or SLES. Most common brands of "Natural" or "Herbal" shampoos and cleansers still use these harmful chemicals as their main active ingredient. Best advice: CHECK YOUR LABELS! 

All KlaraCoco's products are SLS/SLES free and we only use mild saponifying agents sourced from nature. Our Organic Enfant Cheri Liquid Soap is made from saponified organic oils of coconut and sunflower. It has a mild pH that will not dry out the skin and can be used as a shampoo, body cleanser or hand wash. I even use it as laundry soap when I am hand-washing delicate laundry. 
It provides a nice gentle foam that is good for individuals with sensitive skin. The whole family can use it and enjoy the benefits! 


Our organic soap bars are made from 100% certified organic plant based oils ad are scented with essential oils and colored with organic herbs and plant extracts.

SLS/SLES free products benefits are:

  • No skin irritation
  • No skin allergies
  • No harmful substances
  • Not absorbed into bloodstream
  • Non-cancerogenic
  • No gum diseases
  • All natural mild saponifiers
  • Saponifyers sourced from nature
  • Great natural hydration
  • Gentle natural cleansing action
  • Works with your skin balance
  • Does not strip protective layer of skin
  • Softens skins naturally
The choice is ultimately up to you. But when asking yourself the question "What is the price of good health?" I believe that it is really NOT worth to pay one or two dollar less for SLS based shower gels, just to pay hundreds or thousands in medical bills later! Choose wisely and again READ YOUR LABELS!

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