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Hot Topic: What's the Deal with SLS

SLS, known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a common surfactant/detergent used in household cleaning products and many bath and body cleaning products (such as soap/shampoo/bubble bath. It's a chemically created foaming agent that is created as a cheaper alternative to saponified oils and has cause a lot of concern for users. I'm here to give a bit of clarity and summarize what research has said about it's use and effects and help you make an educated decision when purchasing your skin care products!


First off I'm going to have to disappoint a few of you hoping to read all about how chemicals are ruining our lives and destroying our bodies. While there are indeed plenty of those in our everyday regimens, SLS is not one of them. Many myths about SLS involve Hair Loss, Cancer, Neurological Damage, the list goes on, but many of these claims are not scientifically founded and despite many studies done the only conclusive negative effect of SLS on the human body is skin and eye irritation.




Foam from SLS based Soap


That being said, if you have sensitive skin or have overly dry skin or notice your skin gets irritated easily it's possible that you have a sensitivity to SLS and eliminating SLS from contact with you skin may alleviate those discomforts. Look on the labels! You will hear me say this over and over, the only way to know the difference between and good quality product and a low quality one is by reading what is actually in it! SLS is used to add extra foaming and cleansing to body wash and shampoo, it makes impressive bubbles when put in bath bombs or bubble bath!



Foam from saponified oil soap


The Soap Box is dedicated to providing the highest quality products with the simplest ingredients and formulating each product with sensitive skin in mind, so as a rule of thumb we do not use SLS in any of our products. It's what sets our products apart from others, for those searching to simplify what is in their self care products, we don't do short cuts here. Impressive lather/foam/bubbles can be achieved with the proper blends of oils being saponified, there is no need to use unnecessary chemical additives.


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