Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: What is SLS and Why Does It Matter?

February 19, 2019

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: What is SLS and Why Does It Matter?

SLS, also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, is a chemical found in the composition of most cosmetics, body care, and cleaning products. It has become so highly utilised over the years because it creates that wonderful, frothy lather associated with shampoo and body wash. However, SLS has also become known for its side effects that range from skin irritation to pollution. 

As consumers arm themselves with more information and seek products formulated with ingredients that do not pose a risk to their health or environment, it’s a strategic move to create SLS-free options in your product line. 

What is SLS and why does it matter?

What Role Does SLS Play in Products?

SLS is one of many products that can be found in cosmetics and personal care products. In fact, it is one of more than 200 chemicals that the skin is exposed to on a regular basis. Overall, SLS can be considered a detergent and a surfactant that breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to stimulate smoother interaction between a product and its recipient. This is what makes it possible for shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, laundry detergent, body wash, and other products to lather and froth.

What Are the Potential Dangers of SLS?

As a synthetic ingredient, SLS inherently carries potential side effects, though there is no major consensus on the exact extent or danger of these side effects.

Mild irritation is the most likely result of SLS. In fact, SLS is even used purposefully as an irritant when testing the healing properties of other ingredients. Dandruff, dermatitis, canker sores, and rashes can all arise from the presence of SLS on the skin. This might be partly because SLS is a penetration enhancer; its molecules are small enough to cross cell membranes, compromise the cells, and make them more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals. 

How Can SLS-Free Products Be Formulated?

Many consumers are fully educated on the negative aspects of SLS and want to purchase products that are designated as SLS-free. Fortunately, it is easy to meet their demands using the SLS-free natural and organic personal care bases offered by Aromatic Ingredients.

Aromatic Ingredients offers SLS-free base wash in natural, organic, and pearlised forms.  By using alternate ingredients like glycerine, aloe vera, and essential oils, these product bases still provide the structure needed for a high-quality end product with the ingredient consciousness that consumers appreciate.

Want SLS free options in your product lines?

Call 03 9702 3698 today to learn more about the natural product bases and formulations offered by the team at Aromatic Ingredients in Melbourne.