SLS & SLES
Posted on 20th August 2019 at 02:39
Why we won't use SLS & SLES in our natural soap
If you’re not familiar with these two ingredients that are used in the cosmetic industry then prepare to be shocked at what they allow you to use on your skin.
The vast majority of soaps that are available on the market today from the supermarket to some of the most expensive brands contain at least one of these nasty ingredients.
They may be expensive and look great but unfortunately that alone doesn’t make you good for our skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are harsh synthetic detergents that are commonly used in soaps, shampoos, shower gels and hand washes.
These ingredients are added for their cleaning properties; I saying cleaning, I should say stripping properties as they strip the natural oils straight off your skin leaving it exposed.
Our skin needs a fine top layer of oil (naturally produced by our skin and called sebum) on it to keep it protected.
What these synthetic detergents do is effectively the same as washing up liquid does to a greasy pan, where they degrease them making them easier to clean and wash off the grease.
Our skin needs that layer of grease(sebum) to keep moisture inside and to keep bacteria and viruses out.
If we don’t keep that layer of oil on there then a couple of things can happen. Your skin could start producing excessive amounts of sebum because your skin is registering that it has very little, leading to clogged pores, spots and breakouts.
Or it can cause the skin to become dry and irritated possibly leading to eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions or exacerbating an existing condition. One study by the University of Bath found that using aqueous cream containing SLS on healthy subjects decreased their skin thickness by 10%. Imagine what it can do to already dry skin or even worse eczema sufferers.
Companies use these products for another reason as well, they are foaming agents and create a rich creamy lather.
Here at Seatree Cosmetics we use ingredients that create a rich and creamy lather naturally, because it is possible to do this without using these awful ingredients.
Both of these ingredients have been linked to eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. These ingredients can also cause your skin to over produce natural grease which can lead to clogging of skin pores and could also lead to acne.
natural cleaning in natural soap
Natural cleaning is possible. There are a couple of natural ingredients which are excellent natural cleansers in soap.
In our 100% natural handmade soap we use coconut oil as our natural cleanser. When coconut oil is saponified (made into soap) it becomes a brilliant cleanser. We don't use too much though, otherwise that can dry your skin.
Soap made with 100% coconut oil can be massively drying for your skin. We use what we think is the perfect amount in ours. Enough to get you clean but not so much as to dry out your skin.
The other natural cleansers that I haven't yet mentioned... palm oil. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are also both brilliant natural cleansers. Unfortunately palm oil is also responsible for mass deforestation.
At Seatree Cosmetics, we don't support the palm oil industry.
There has been some clever marketing by introducing the sustainable palm oil movement and badges and other marketing schemes to make you believe that palm oil is fine, plus making you feel less guilty and continue using palm oil products.
We don't take that view. If demand keeps on growing for palm oil, sustainable or not. They will keep chopping down trees to plant more. Simple.
Anyway I digress slightly.
Why use them if you can get a rich creamy lather and cleanliness naturally?
Money. Again these large companies are more bothered about their bank balances than your skin.
At the time of writing, I can get one metric tonne of SLS for £76. Very cheap ingredients that will bring down the manufacturing cost of a bar of "soap".
These very cheap ingredients might be great for the CEO of a large companies bank balance, but they will strip the natural oils from your skin and leave them feeling dry.
Here at Seatree Cosmetics we will never use SLS or SLES in our products ever. Firstly because ethically we feel this is wrong to sell you a product that will dry out your skin.
Secondly because SLS & SLES are produced using palm kernel oil which contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.
Thirdly because of the process used to make SLS & SLES involve using petroleum products (sulphuric acid) to manufacture it, so no thanks to that!
And finally, because we believe that natural ingredients are far superior to synthetically produced ones, which is why we put only 100% natural ingredients into our natural soap.
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