What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate commonly known as SLS,  is a chemical used in all sorts of cosmetics and cleaning products such as shampoo, shower gel, detergents…etc.

SLS is synthetic cleansing agents that are small molecule ingredients. They are capable of penetrating the skin, which can increase the occurrence of skin irritation. SLS can cause dandruff and hair loss.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is also an irritant such as SLS.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) is derived from coconut and palm oils. SLSA is a safe, skin friendly cleanser that offers rich lather without the irritation potential of some of the other good foamers. Because the molecular size of this surfactant is large it doesn’t penetrate the skin or the mucuos membranes, so it does not cause the skin irritation as other sulfates, making it an excellent choice for soaks and facial cleansers and any other gentle cleansing products.

Castile soap is a great option that can be used for almost all household and personal cleaning needs. Historically castile soap was made from olive oil and animal fat, however it’s most commonly made today using vegetable oils such as coconut, hemp, jojoba, olive and palm.