What are you wearing?| Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

SLES

Hey Loves,

So as you know I started another what are you wearing and because sulfates is such a massive and important topic I have decided there is no way I can do this super quick and because of this I am here with part 2. I was originally going to start with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) HOWEVER I decided maybe SLES should be the biggest thing to say.

Please view my Sulfates 101 to really know everything that sulfates do. No point in repeating what I already did. Just incase you need a refresher, it is a inexpensive and very effective foaming agent. It is derived from lauryl alcohol so be prepared to remember that as well.

As a quick reminder if you do not have time to refresh with Sulfates 101, SLES is a anionic detergent, surfactant, and it is considered to be a very inexpensive and effective foaming agent. (REMEMBER clean does not equate to the amount of foam, that is just marketing that has us believe this since the 1930s)

You can find SLES in facial cleansers, body cleansers (Shower Gel), shampoo, dish soap, toothpaste, and pretty much anything that has the “cleaning” objective. Surprise you can even find SLES in LUSH PRODUCTS (CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT)

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Potential Side Effects

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review it can be an irritant if used around eyes, on skin or becomes airborne. This type of risk is usually associated with a lot of chemicals but I wanted to mention it here anyways. However I want to talk about something that I found to be very interesting. To make SLES less “harsh”, it can be mixed with Ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a “possible” developmental toxicant. It is said that Ethylene oxide can cause problems with your nervous system.

You would think that is a big enough concern BUT the real issue is what is produced when you mix SLES and Ethylene oxide. It produces a known carcinogen (labeled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer) known as 1,4-Dioxane. Now the next question is WHY ON EARTH WOULD THIS EVEN BE ALLOWED TO BE USED? Well that is very simple, during the manufacturing process 1,4-Dioxane can be removed from the product by a vacuum stripping process. Only problem is we do not know which company actually uses this or not since they are not obligated to specify any of this. Me personally I am going to start looking into the manufacturing processes of the companies that I like just to see how it is done. If I figure out how to do this I will definitely let you guys know.

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Other Names

ALPHA-SULFO-OMEGA- (DODECYLOXY) POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) , SODIUM SALT; DODECYL SODIUM SULFATE; PEG- (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT; POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) , .ALPHA.-SULFO-.OMEGA.- (DODECYLOXY) -, SODIUM SALT; POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) ,A -SULFO-W (DODECYLOXY) -, SODIUM SALT; POLY (OXY1,2ETHANEDIYL) , αSULFOω (DODECYLOXY) , SODIUM SALT; POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT; POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE , SODIUM SALT; SODIUM PEG LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL SULFATE

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IMPORTANT NOTES

(That I will post at the end of every blog and in the description box of every video)

  1. This is just information that I have found myself while researching and therefore it is not my own information. I will leave links to all the original files and even other bloggers who dove into this before me. I am not an expert but I want to share what I have found.
  2. At no point during this series should you take the information given as the GOLDEN STANDARD. Listen to your own body and do what is working best for you. So if you find out a product has a chemical that does not work for me and your skin is fine…KEEP IT
  3. Always feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions
  4. A dermatologist is a great source of information

Sources

Cosmetic Ingredient Review

2010 Final Report on Re-Review

EWG

Paula’s Choice

Disadvantages of SLES

David Suzuki Foundation

Forbes

Be Well

LUSH

Cosmetic Info

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