My goal for this post was to research and discover what Sulfates do to the environment.
But what I found was much more alarming.
Most brands of shampoos, soaps, bubble-bath, tooth paste, dish soap, laundry detergent, stain removers, carpet cleaners, fabric glues, body wash, shaving cream, mascara, mouthwash, skin cleanser, lotions, sunscreen and face creams have a chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
This is some dangerous stuff my friends... I don't know about you, but my house is full of it!
Sulfates are used for their foaming ability and also as an emulsifier.
Not only have I learned of the poisons that lurk around my home, I am highly discouraged in discovering that the items labeled "natural" or "organic" ... may be anything but! There are currently no federal regulations for beauty products in the United States. How CRAZY is that?
Let me explain why this is crazy.
This chemical that is in most of our personal products, is actually a pesticide. SLS is used to kill insects. KILL insects. The makers of SLS petitioned to have SLS listed as a pesticide for organic farming. However, since this product pollutes and causes damage to the environment. It was denied.
So the makers of SLS ask for their product to be used to organically kill insects, and they also heap bucket loads of this garbage into our lotions and shampoos?
Products that we put ON our bodies, end up IN our bodies. This isn't good, because if we ingest something, at least the enzymes in our mouths and stomachs have a fighting chance of breaking some of this junk down. But as it turns out, SLS just builds up in our bodies. The average person absorbs up to 5 pounds of chemicals into their bodies every single year.
Our bodies can't break down certain chemicals, Therefor- They accumulate IN. OUR. BODIES.
The use of Sulfates has been linked to:
Endocrine Disruption (Hormones)
Increased Canker Sores (Mouth Wash and Toothpaste Use)
Damage to cellular DNA
The research continues about sulfates and their link to various cancers
If Sodium Lauryl Sulfates cause havoc to your body, imagine what they do when they hit our water supply?! High concentrations of SLS can kill fish and aquatic life.
I stopped using shampoo with Sulfates about a year ago, when a hair dresser told me how bad it was for my hair. But guess what? I *thought* I was using Sulfate free shampoo. It turns out sulfates are listed under several names and my "sulfate free shampoo"... you guessed it. Full of sulfates!
Here are some of the other names for Sulfates:
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
Sodium dodecyl sulfate
Sodium salt sulfuric acid
Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid
Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS)
The last one is especially frightening. Why? Because organic companies use it insisting it's "better" and not a sulfate. Wrong. It's still a dangerous sulfate.
Don't be fooled by "Green Washing"
Chances are, if you can't pronounce it, you may not want to let it soak into your skin.
Here are a few of the "Natural" companies that use Sulfates
The Body Shop
(This list goes on and on)
Sulfates are bad for the planet and they're bad for you.
Read your labels!
I know it's hard to switch from the easily obtainable products, to safer ones.
I'm just starting my journey in buying and using safer products, and to be honest, I'm finding that home made products are the best (I LOVE homemade body scrubs). However, I've also tried "No Poo" and I just don't like how baking soda and vinegar make my hair feel. So my quest for earth friendly and safe shampoo continues! If you know of any fantastic sulfate free products, please share with me! I'll also keep you posted on anything that I find.
Have a great weekend friends!