Nasties: Sodium Laureth Sulfate


Nasties: Soduim Laureth Sulfate By Clare Eluka

Yes, yes, yes, someone of you may say – “by gosh, tell us something we don’t know, SLS has been exposed since the late 90’s” when The Body Shop started introducing it into it’s shampoo’s and face washes and we’re damned by dis-gruntled customers who vowed never to shop there again because of the unveiled truth about SLS’s parallel relationship with cancer and cancer-related illnesses. Is it any wonder that 90% of children under 10 experience eczema or dermatitis at some point during the primitive years and why this nasty ingredient has not been banished by the government from personal care produce.

Here’s my take on it:

What, Where, Why?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLS or PALM OIL in its raw form is a white powder detergent and surfactant used widely in personal care (hair, skin, beauty) which is typically known for its foaming capability, which is why people are so addicted to using it even though it is extremely dangerous. The psychology of foam = clean & fresh.

Infact, you face, hair & body are clean, but not fresh. More dehydrated & degenerated. You see, SLS is great for cleaning cars and washing floors, but does your skin deserve such harsh cleansing? I think not.


Some of you think, Whoopee, I’ve gotten away from the nasty that is SLS by using soaps or shampoos with Palm Oil. Think again, Palm Oil is a by-product (an off spring) of SLS! You see, not all that sounds natural actually is. Just because it is an oil, doesn’t mean it is good for you or your children. Palm Trees look great in LA, But they are one of the only plants that can thrive without water as they dont produce Oxygen. Why? Because they are naturally dehydrated. So why would oil from a plant that is a natural dehydrator be good for you. Has the penny dropped yet? Great.

What’s Next?

Become a label watcher. Read labels before you buy into expensive chemicalised products which will promise to change your life, but not in the way you’d hoped.

Remember, your skin is a living organ. It absorbs everything you put onto it; detergent from your clothes, perfume, skincare, makeup, spray, deodrant. Be vigilant with what your skin absorbs.

Why do the big brands use it if its killing us?

The answer is simple – it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

“Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and 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.

Products commonly found to contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLES

Tooth paste
Washing-up liquid / dish soap
Laundry detergent
Childrens soaps / shampoos
Stain Remover
Carpet Cleaner
Fabric glue
Body wash
Shave cream
Skin cleanser
Moisture lotion / Moisturiser
Sun Cream ”

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