Sodium lauryl sulfate

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  • Anybody else aware of the health concerns surrounding this ingredient? Commonly found in all kinds of shampoos, soaps, bath products, skin products...


    Very hard to avoid. Quite often found in "hippy" products as well. The alternatives are often quite expensive.


    I'm avoiding it where possible, but I'm not convinced of the case either way:


    http://www.natural-health-info…odium-lauryl-sulfate.html


    http://www.health-report.co.uk/sodium_lauryl_sulphate.html


    http://www.treehugger.com/file…07/common_ecomyth_sls.php

  • Blimey - just looked on my bottle of Tesco frequent wash shampoo and it's the second ingredient down after water......better start looking for alternatives.
    Irish girlfriend works in a health food store that sells shampoos - I'll ask her what alternatives they have

  • yes stu im very aware of it
    can any of you recall my thread were i was on about itching
    well i had various meds off doc and none worked
    but due too ill health round christmas namely fluey i dident have a bath for a week or so just having washs with a flannel so no products as such
    it seemed to ease slightly
    i had a convo with nurse veg on here and she mentioned sls so i investigated and spoke to a skin specialist and its looking highly likely this is the cause
    its very dangerous and is also in lush apparently of which i was bought quite a bit for crinbo so its at mo bieng used as a room scenter lol

  • It will be in every main stream product that foams.... I have been avoiding it for years now-horrible stuff.

    I wish more people knew about it though, specially those with overflow septic tanks... Not good.

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  • I try and avoid it as much as I can, but it's in so much stuff! I've found quite a few good companies that make stuff that's SLS and Paraben free, such as Green People but they are usually pretty expensive :(

  • That's the thing the sls free is so expensive and if I use it then it's only fair the rest of the family do but how do I afford that it's a catch 22 if anyone knows of anywerereasonably priced give us a nudge

  • :five:....having just looked at the ingredients in my bottle of Ecover washing up liquid, I wonder if it's worth trying that instead.........anyone tried using it for washing hair previously?

    I was always taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find one.

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  • That looks like a great site and cheaper than the one one I use which is focused on psoriasis suitable stuff as the o/h is prone to it.
    These are all fab once you get over the no lather thing on shampoo. A lot of the time now I just wash my hair without shampoo.



  • Whoa, dude, wow :omg::(:mad:


    I stopped using deoderant years ago cause it seemed to me the aluminum or something in it was causing the lymph glands in my pits to swell :eek::confused: Stopped using the deo and the mysterious random swellings stopped :clap:And no, I am not a stinky fella :sheep2: good hygiene, regular bathing and maybe a touch of patchouli oil (I know...how stereotypically hippy :rolleyes:) supplants any need for chemical deo...also keeps the ol' phermones (mother nature's matchmakers) free and out there for the sensing :whistle:


    Now it looks like I am going to have to stop bathing too :eek::wall: a big problem for a dude who don't use deo :faint:



    Lol, the third link is a convincing counterpoint so perhaps we just need to keep alert to the potential side effects of SLS toxicity occuring...oh my skin is a bit itchy now though, hmmmmmm... I reckon I shall keep my eyes peeled :wheel:for safer SLS free alternatives now :thumbup:


    Cheers for the heads up Atomik :cheerlead

  • Eeek!!! Its frightening how many dodgy chemicals they put into every day stuff isn't it? :eek:

    Woofie- thats terrible about the glands in your pits swelling up??

    You'll have to start bathing in milk and honey instead :D (unless you're vegan of course)

  • Eeek!!! Its frightening how many dodgy chemicals they put into every day stuff isn't it? :eek:

    Woofie- thats terrible about the glands in your pits swelling up??

    You'll have to start bathing in milk and honey instead :D (unless you're vegan of course)



    Yes, it is very frightening indeed MistyMaya...especially coupled with the knowledge that large corporate giants will never admit to nor allow any information about potential harmful side effects of what is in their products until they are absolutely forced to :plod:::spank: Deo kills (the chemicals in it) I am convinced of it :eek::mad::(


    Yes, the glands spontaneously swelling was quite disconcerting :confused::doc: I had a shipmate who had sworn off deo years before, his ideas made sense, and lo & behold, upon cessation of use the mystery swellings stopped.



    Lol, I have milk & honey shampoo & conditioner....oh nooooo...they have SLS in them :faint::damn::rip: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • i wonder if its sls that makes my head itchy after a shower?


    I accidently bought some shampoo with it in recently (forgot to check the bottle) and my head was really itchy! So it could well be.


    This is another good company http://www.faithinnature.co.uk/index.asp I've had their shampoo a few times, takes a little getting used to but works fine.


    Also http://www.soorganic.com has plenty of brands that are sls free.

  • Yes, it is very frightening indeed MistyMaya...especially coupled with the knowledge that large corporate giants will never admit to nor allow any information about potential harmful side effects of what is in their products until they are absolutely forced to :plod:::spank: Deo kills (the chemicals in it) I am convinced of it :eek::mad::(

    Yes, the glands spontaneously swelling was quite disconcerting :confused::doc: I had a shipmate who had sworn off deo years before, his ideas made sense, and lo & behold, upon cessation of use the mystery swellings stopped.


    Lol, I have milk & honey shampoo & conditioner....oh nooooo...they have SLS in them :faint::damn::rip: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr



    I accidently bought some shampoo with it in recently (forgot to check the bottle) and my head was really itchy! So it could well be.

    This is another good company http://www.faithinnature.co.uk/index.asp I've had their shampoo a few times, takes a little getting used to but works fine.

    Also http://www.soorganic.com has plenty of brands that are sls free.



    Woofie, when you are in Beckenham highstreet next. You know the big chemist on the corner of Village way, just pasted Blockbusters... Well they have a large range of Faith in Nature and other such products.

    :)

  • i started trying to avoid toothpaste with it in ages ago, coz it seemed like such a stupid thing to put in my mouth, but i never knew it was in all the other stuff too, so thanks for that!

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  • It might not cause cancer Hun but it can cause skin irritation


    I don't doubt that for one moment, we are not meant to put chemicals on or in ourselves.

  • Hmmm. I'm really not sure. Just coz we made something, doesn't mean it has to be bad.


    I don't dispute the fact that some man made chemilcals do have a use, such as in pharmaceutical pruducts.

  • Woofie, when you are in Beckenham highstreet next. You know the big chemist on the corner of Village way, just pasted Blockbusters... Well they have a large range of Faith in Nature and other such products.

    :)

    I just started using Faith in Nature shampoo. I'd highly recommend it. I've been through quite a few SLS free shampoos, and the FiN one is by far the best.


    Yaoh deodorants are OK, but I've not had much luck with any of the natural deos to be honest.


    I'm currently trying this for shaving.. It doesn't work up much of a lather though, and it's painfully expensive.