Sodium laureth sulfate is also called sodium lauryl ether sulfate, (SLES).
This inexpensive foaming agent is derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol.
It's found in many cosmetic and personal care products including: soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, shaving creams, mouthwashes, bubble bath, detergents, body wash, dish soap, mascara, lotions, sun cream, carpet cleaner, stain removers, etc..
Sodium laureth sulfate exhibits very similar characteristics to sodium lauryl sulfate. One difference between the two, is SLES is higher foaming but somewhat weaker than SLS. There is much controversy regarding the safety of this compound.
IS SLES SAFE?
Some have suggested that both SLS and SLES are carcinogenic, but there is no hard evidence. Ethoxylation is a process that uses ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, to manufacture SLES. During the manufacturing process, ethoxylated surfactants may become contaminated with 1,4- dioxane, a by-product. Laboratory studies show that animals exposed to dioxane for long periods of time can develop cancer, which can be likewise in humans. The Consumer Product Safety Commission agrees that even a trace of this contaminate in skin or personal care products is cause for concern. This chemical can penetrate the layers of the skin or scalp. Exposure to large amounts of dioxane can cause kidney and liver damage. The Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to monitor its use in consumer products.
SKIN CARE and SLES
Sodium laureth sulfate can be irritating for skin and eyes. Although it's less irritating than SLS, it's effects are longer lasting. The American College of Toxicology states: 0.5% SLS concentrations can cause skin irritation and 10% - 30% can cause skin corrosion or severe irritation. Skin becomes dry and irritated. Rashes, infections, inflammation and contact dermatitis can be a common reaction. Environmental contaminants can invade the lower surfaces of skin, more easily. Those with sensitive skin, especially, should take caution using products with high amounts of SLS or SLES.
HAIR AND SCALP
Sodium laureth sulfate is found in shampoos. Eye irritations, scalp irritations, inflammation of face, arms and hands have all been reported, related to its use. Hair becomes dried out, frizzy and unmanageable. Split ends are more prevalent. Hair follicles become damaged, resulting in hair loss. When washing the hair and scalp, it's not determined how much is absorbed through skin and how much is evaporated. When rinsing hair leftover scalp residue can occur. This causes dry scalp conditions and irritations.
ALTERNATIVE NATURAL CHOICES:
Make homemade products for the skin, hair and scalp! You don't need to depend on commercial products containing harsh, damaging, sulfates! When you make your own products, YOU decide the ingredients used.
Goat milk products have gained popularity. Why? Goat milk contains natural vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K! It keeps skin close to its natural ph level. It helps regenerate collagen under the skin negating the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines or wrinkles.
Handmade experts confirm that goat milk is the main ingredient that makes the difference between regular commercial soap and a handmade luxury item.
TIP: When using homemade recipes, consider the coconut oil benefits! Coconut oil is used for making homemade soap, homemade shampoo, homemade lotion and more! Why? It's a natural anti-microbial. It has antioxidants that combat free radicals. Coconut oil generates a rich, creamy, texture. It generates a natural, bubbly, lather. It moisturizes, soothes and softens. Even sensitive skin can use this natural oil.
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