WHAT ARE SLS, SLES AND PARABENS
SLS and SLES - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) are widely used inexpensive chemicals found in many personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, body wash, soaps, and detergents.
SLS is a detergent and surfactant, which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair. This in turn creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. So effective and so inexpensive is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.
There are conflicting reports published over the years and as a result a lot of unsubstantiated claims being made about the use of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate including links between Cancer and SLS, hormonal imbalance, skin irritation etc.
PARABENS - Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products. Parabens stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.
Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben are some forms of paraben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations and body lotions. Recently a debate has been building among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these may actually be harmful to our health and can lead to Breast Cancer.