Caution about Sodium Laureth Sulfate
90% of all commercial soap shampoos use a
detergent called sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) or sodium laureth sulfate
(SLES) and/or sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that can be retained in
tissues up to 5 days even after a single drop.
Dr. Keith Green noted (SLS) causes improper eye
development in children.
SLS has a tendency to react with other ingredients
to form NDELA, a nitrosamine and potent carcinogen.
Researchers actually estimate the nitrate
absorption of one soap shampoo is equal to eating a pound of bacon!
The FDA has recently warned shampoo manufacturers
of unacceptable levels of dioxin in products containing SLES.
SLS is a skin irritant that can penetrate and
impair the skin barrier.
SLS can also enhance the allergic response
to other toxins and allergens per "Dangerous Beauty" by David Lowell Kern. We do
not advise their use.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS) & Sodium
Potentially, SLS is perhaps the most harmful ingredient in personal-care
products. SLS is used in testing labs as the standard ingredient to irritate
skin. Industrial uses of SLS include garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers,
and car wash soaps just to name a few. Studies show its danger potential to be
great when used in personal-care products. One study indicates that SLS is
systemic, and can penetrate and be retrained in the eye, brain, heart, liver
etc., with potentially harmful long-term effects. It could retard healing, cause
cataracts in adults, and can keep children's eyes from developing
Other research has shown that SLS and SLES
may cause potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and
cleansers by reacting with commonly used ingredients found in many products.
Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing.
SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating
but may cause more drying. Both SLS and SLES can enter the blood stream. They
are used in personal-care products because they are cheap. A small amount
generates a large amount of foam, and when salt is added it thickens to give the
illusion of being thick and concentrated.
Called a humectant in cosmetics it is really "industrial
antifreeze" and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Tests show it
can be a strong skin irritant. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on Propylene
Glycol warn users to avoid skin contact as it is systemic and can cause liver
abnormalities and kidney damage.
research on sls
A LITTLE MORE NEWS.... if you think the ingredients in your personal
products are safe, then why did this happen at a shampoo factory..
*** 5,000 evacuated in Iowa due to
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - About 5,000
people were evacuated Tuesday from the city's southeast side when a corrosive
chemical spilled while being unloaded at a factory that makes shampoo and
toothpaste. About a gallon of the chemical, called Chlorosulfonic Acid or CSA,
spilled while being piped from a rail car into a storage tank at a Procter
& Gamble Co. factory. The spilled acid formed a vaporous cloud, which
began drifting on the wind. "They can harm you if you inhale them or just come
into contact with your skin," said Iowa City Fire Marshal Roger Jensen. Two
police officers exposed to the vapor were checked out at a hospital and
released. There were no other injuries, Jensen said. P&G spokesman Mike
McCleary said the spill occurred about 10 a.m. when a valve on the unloading
equipment failed. ###
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sodium lauryl sulfate or other harmful chemicals