Sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS. (*Variants to this name listed below.) Sodium lauryl sulfate is a soap base that is cheap and it foams well. We think bubbles equal clean. That's why it's in so many household products; body wash, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap and the list goes on. Add a good smelling artificial fragrance, highlight it contains Vitamin A or coconut oil in it and you're sold! The customer is used to buy cheap and huge bottles of body wash, and it smells like the ocean. Brilliant! However, you get what you paid for. A carcinogen! That's right! It causes cancer!
"According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption" reports Karen Eisenbraun of LiveStrong.com. What I understand in my research, is that when a scientific study is being done to test a product's reaction to the skin, the scientists use SLS directly onto the skin in order to irritate the skin, then add whatever they are testing onto the skin so that it can penetrate the skin and get into our body's circulatory system. For Pete's sake! That's frightening! Generally, which poisons these products are delivering into your circulatory system is synthetic fragrance and dyes.
It's shocking, it's scary. Just because it's passed by the Food & Drug Administration, we trust them. These products are "safe", used at low exposure, but when you use body wash, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, etc. everyday, all day long, how much exposure do you have now? I'd say a lot! That's seven cancer-causing agents seeping into your body.
This was a motivating factor into creating Lockheart Skincare, because it won't kill you.
*SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl, ammonium lauryl sulfate.