Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) in shampoo – why avoid it?
With organic consumption on the rise, we all pay more attention to what we put ‘in’ and ‘on’ our bodies. So you have to ask, what about our cosmetics? Today, let us explain more about Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) in shampoos, a common ingredient and well-documented skin irritant. Let us explain why you should avoid this surfactant…
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) a controversial ingredient in shampoos
What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)? It is commonly used in skincare products such as shampoos. This ingredient creates the foamy, cleansing and bubbly lather and is primarily documented to cause skin irritations! Being an effective surfactant and foaming agent, you are also likely to find this ingredient in household cleaning products such as laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and dishwasher tablets.
So why do cosmetic brands use this famous Sodium Laureth Sulfate? The answer is it’s incredibly cheap! SLES have high foaming and lathering properties and lift dirt, oil, and other substances from the hair. While the bubbles look like they are doing a great job of cleaning your strands in most ads, they aren’t essential to get clean hair.
So is SLES, therefore, needed in a shampoo? The answer is no; there is an alternative solution: a natural shampoo with soapnuts!
The Alternative: Natural shampoo with soap nuts
Derived from Sapindus, a tree native to India, soap nuts are a wonderful natural ingredient known as saponin. Saponin is a gentle, natural soap which has no skin irritating agents and is fully biodegradable. It’s a great clean ingredient that has the tendency to produce foam with water. Soap nuts are filled with rich nourishing nutrients that make your hair soft and silky.
It also works great on color-treated hair. It will not adjust the structure of your hair fibre, which is why we use soap nuts in our natural shampoo! Biodegradable and non-irritating, compared to the well-documented Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), our natural shampoo rich in soap nuts naturally cleans the hair. This shampoo is a high-quality hair care product that gives you soft and shiny hair. So, when will you be trying it out?