Posted by: 2in10 | 10/10/2010

sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate, a degreaser, is used in industrial products for cleaning cars, car engines, and floors. It appears in lower concentrations in toothpaste, shampoo, shaving foam, bubble bath, and many other household and personal cleaning products.

Questions have been raised about long-term health effects of direct, repeated contact with SLS. Some research has shown that SLS is not carcinogenic. Researchers have also found that SLS could potentially inhibit infection by viruses such as Herpes simplex and HIV.

It is recognized that SLS can cause skin irritation, especially from repeated use, and a recurrence of canker sores. If your scalp, face, or eyes are itchy or irritated, you might try avoiding SLS.

I learned in my 30’s that fragrances in makeup, perfume, personal care products, laundry detergent and dryer tissues were very irritating to my body. As part of my recovery from ovarian cancer, I began avoiding these irritants, including for a while staying away from the smelly aisle in the grocery store with all the home cleaning and laundry items.

Here are examples of SLS-free products I have recently found:

Trader Joe’s Anti-plaque Toothpaste (fennel, propolis & myrrh)

Method “Dish” liquid dishwash soap (perfume and dye free)

Kiss My Face shampoo (I chose “Whenever” but others are SLS-free)

Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tree hair conditioner

Nature’s Gate liquid hand soap

That’s a start! Whole Foods has these products and several more in the hair care category. Let me know what you find that works well.

Carolyn

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