Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What you need to know about sulfates

Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

Just 3 of the many ingredients you should avoid!
These are the most commonly used surfactants in liquid soaps, body washes & shampoo
Manufactures use these ingredients because they produce a very inexpensive product. These ingredients are harsh ammonia producing sodium salts and sulfates that were originally designed as industrial cleaning products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps, but are the primary ingredients in hygeine products because they produce a high amount of foam

Body washes or shampoos with these ingredients usually cost less than $1.00 to make an 8 ounces. It kills me when I see shampoo, cleanser and scrubs
for sale with any of these as an ingredient... They sell anywhere from $5 - $10
and they claim to have a whole lot of "good stuff" inside, but the reality is that there isn't a whole lot you can add to them in terms of "good stuff" because these bases are so volatile and most additives like vitamins, essential oils and even fragrance and preservatives will cause the PH to fall and release ammonia gas.

Wanna see something scary?

Lauryl alcohol + Sulfuric Acid + Baking Soda = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Need I say more?

Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate (DLS)
Is a surfactant and foaming agent. It is also what is used in enemas to clean horse's bowels. Not only is it horrible to use on your skin, it's loaded with toxic impurities such as
ethylene oxide is consumed as the precursor to ethylene glycol as well as a variety of other chemicals. Ethylene glycol is more commonly known for its use as an automotive coolant and antifreeze. Other chemical applications include ethanolaminediverse surfactants, and glycol ethers such as ethoxyethanol

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

a surfactant used in any task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues. SLS is used in industrial products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps. In household products, SLS is also used in toothpastes, shampoos, and shaving foams. It is an inexpensive alternative in toiletries and personal hygiene products for its thickening effect and its ability to create a lather.It has recently found application as a surfactant in gas hydrate or methane hydrateformation reactions, increasing the rate of formation as much as 700 times.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
Pretty much the same as the other 2 except that it's an AKYL Sulfate.
This molecule may cause severe irritation to eyes and skin. Inhalation may cause irritation to the respiratory system. Ingestion may cause irritation.

In a 1983 report by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, shampoos containing ALS registered health complaints. These complaints included scalp itch, allergic reactions, hair damage and eye irritation.The CIR report concluded that both sodium and ammonium lauryl sulfate “is designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin. This product should not be ntended for prolonged use.

This ingredient:
yes, moderateCancer
yes, weakViolations, restrictions & warnings
noOther moderate concerns for this ingredient: Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
noLesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient: Ecotoxicology