Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Is It Safe?

A common ingredient in thousands of personal care products, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.

Back in 1998, there was a hoax making the rounds – the claim was that SLS caused cancer. In 1998, The American Cancer Society debunked the myth, by releasing a statement regarding the claim that SLS is a carcinogen. They stated, “This chemical and its other compounds are known irritants, not known carcinogens.”

An interesting study done on people with canker sores looked at the effects of toothpaste containing SLS and toothpaste clear of the toxin. SLS has been used in toothpaste since the 1930’s, and the outcome led researchers to recommend avoiding SLS, not because of cancer but because of the painful irritation that occurs. Results from the study showed a drastic reduction in the canker sore participants that used SLS free toothpaste.

Although SLS is not a known carcinogen, it has been classified as a skin irritant. There are definite grounds for concern since SLS can be found in thousands of common every-day beauty products such as; shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, body wash, lotion, mascara and shave creams.

You can rest assured, because there are so many safe alternatives available. The best and easiest way to ensure you are not being exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals is to choose all-natural or homemade beauty products.

Finding recipes for your own homemade beauty products is a breeze when you have access to the Internet. Just Google “homemade cosmetics” for more than 400,000 pages of recipes and instructions. If whipping up lotions and potions isn’t your bag, be sure to read labels and check products out before buying them.

All of our products come from the earth and are free of chemicals and dyes.  Can you say the same about your body wash, lotion or pain ointment? Our personal care products use the highest quality whole food and plant-based organic ingredients including the finest grade therapeutic organic essential oils. Take a look at all of the luxurious body products we have created with the best you in mind.

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