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Why SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is bad for you (and the environment)

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Sodium lauryl Sulfate is the main ingredient in most shampoos and liquid soaps. The problem with it is two-fold. First, it acts like an estrogen on your body. At least 60% of what you put on your body gets absorbed into your blood stream. We do not need more estrogen. We produce what we need and when we have too much, there are problems. Breast cancer survivors understand this. They stay away from SLS because they know that the most common form of breast cancer feeds on estrogen. Secondly, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is the reason your hands feel dry and even crack. Our skin is naturally acidic. When you wash them, you are changing the ph of your skin, changing it from acidic to alkaline. The SLS blocks the skins ability to return to its natural acidic state and this causes your skin to dry out. Why do they put SLS in soaps and shampoos? It is cheap.

Our Foaming Liquid Soap is made with more expensive ingredients like olive, coconut and castor oils. It is not a detergent (which means we put lye in our soap). You will notice that when you wash your hands you don’t have to reach for the lotion (which usually has petroleum and parabens in it and only add to your skin problems – but as this is a digression, I will blog about this later). We have choices to choose from: Rosemary Mind, Lavender, and Lemon. The only problem is once you’ve used our soap, you never want to go back to the other stuff.

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