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What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)?

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)?

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a widely know skin irritant, and a product added to many hair care, toothpaste, soaps, mouthwashes, detergents and body washes for its lathering ability.

It’s inexpensive and creates the lather by breaking surface tension and separating molecules to more effectively allow these products to clean.

On your floor as a detergent, not so bad. But when you add it to the numerous other chemicals put on used on a daily basis, it does enter the skin and build up in the body. 

Is it carcinogenic? It is suspected (as an irritant at just 1% in products) and scary because many products contain upwards of 10-20% of this chemical. It has been shown in some studies to affect hormones in both males and females.

The chemical structure of SLS, and similar products like monododecyl ester sodium salt, sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and ammonium laurel sulfate (ALS) have been shown to be responsible for a condition called protein denaturing, which forms a bridge between the fats and water soluble portions of cells, making it harder for the body to heal, and over time, cells will be irreversibly damaged.

The good news is that knowledge is power, and that natural alternatives exist to these potentially harmful, irritating products laden with these chemicals. You can start removing this from your body by switching to products without them and assisting your body in its journey to homeostasis (natural health).

Earthangel products DO NOT contain SLS.

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