Negative effects of Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium laurel Sulfate, else known as SLS is produced from plant sources including palm oil and coconut oil as well as petroleum. Sodium laurel Sulfate is mainly used to create a lather, used to increase cleaning power.
However, there is a lot of controversy behind the use of sodium laurel Sulfate products, including both the safety and dangers of using them. First, though let’s discuss what products make use of SLS.
What products use sodium laurel sulfate?
As well as sodium laurel Sulfate, some products also use sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), with both of these found in many cleaning products. These include:
- Bath bombs
- Laundry detergent
However, with that being said it is important to note that the amount of SLS and SLES in any given product is dependent on the manufacturer. Other manufacturers are aware of the potential dangers and negative effects, and thus do not include either SLS or SLES in any of their products or instead minimal usage.
Negative effects of SLS
The use of SLS may irritate eyes, skin, and in some cases your lungs for long-term usage, this, of course, does depend on where and how you are using Sodium Laurel Sulfate. So, if you’ve ever been irritated while lying in what was supposed to be a relaxing bath with a pretty new bath bomb, this may be due to a large quantity of SLS or SLES contained within bath bomb itself.
Secondly, SLS is produced from plant sources including palm oil. Palm oil itself is created through the destruction of rainforests and palm tree plantations – as you can imagine, quite upsetting and troublesome also for any wide life living there. Therefore, more recently it probably comes as no surprise that more products out there are reducing their use of palm oil, or alternatively cutting it out of their product completely. These Sulfate products, containing palm oil often get washed down the drain, whether you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hair, and may, in fact, be toxic to aquatic animals.
Thirdly, these Sulfate products more often than not are tested on animals beforehand. This is to measure the level of irritation on skin, eyes, and lungs – almost making for as good of an argument of turning vegan or vegetarian. So, as you can see many consumers stop using these SLS products with the ultimate goal of saving animals, the rainforest, and palm tree plantations – we are just the same!
Our CBD toothpaste does not contain SLS or SLES, so not only are you reducing irritation, but you’re saving the environment, wildlife, and palm tree plantations all at the same time. We may as well give you a badge already!
Is SLS safe?
Currently, no evidence can prove the use of SLS to conditions such as cancer, development issues in young children, and even infertility. However, throughout long-term use, the build-up of SLS and other chemicals within the body will slowly increase, perhaps doing more harm than good.
Nonetheless, with that being said the greatest risk of using SLS products such as toothpaste, bath bombs, and shampoos, is actually irritation mainly to the skin, eyes, mouth, and lungs. Over-time this build-up of SLS may result in acne if you are particularly sensitive skin, especially if you do not rinse the product off immediately after use.
So, when using products that contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate, it is advised to rinse off the product immediately after use. Whether this is in the shower with shampoo, or washing off the remains of your bath bomb this will reduce irritation to your skin while protecting your health overall.
Finally, although SLS may be relatively safe, there is currently limited scientific evidence. Therefore, we recommend following these guidelines to best product yourself, especially form irritation of many different forms.
Wondering whether to cut-off SLS?
After reading this far, you may be wondering whether or not to cut out SLS from daily use? If your reasoning behind this is irritation, particularly of the skin then you can find Sulfate-free products – hopefully reducing this irritation. However, this all depends on the manufacturer some shampoos, toothpaste, and bath bombs will contain very minimal amounts of Sulfate, although if not washed off immediately the following use may cause further irritation.
Likewise, with such a growing concern about wildlife, the rain forests, and palm tree plantations, it should come as no surprise that cutting out these SLS and SLES products from your daily routine will do the world a whole load of good.
Our CBD toothpaste is a great substitution for regular toothpaste which usually contains SLS or SLES. As we do not include this in our products the use of our toothpaste reduces irritation of the mouth, improves oral care, and also allowing you to receive the benefits of CBD. In the oral environment SLS or SLES leaves a film on your teeth that makes it easier for bacteria to adhere to. Yes, that is right, if you are using an SLS toothpaste you may be doing more harm than good!
If you’re unsure what CBD is, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural remedy that has taken every household by surprise, boasting many health benefits and taking the world by storm. A derivative of the marijuana plant, the use of CBD products will not produce the high which is commonly associated with marijuana and instead offers pain relief.
However, for toothpaste CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties, which may in-turn reduce oral pain such as gum infections, decay, or other oral health-related issues. As well as this, the use of CBD toothpaste may also stop the damage and pattern of disease in your mouth, therefore, reducing inflammation and instead of supporting healthy oral bacteria, offering a safe, simple, and cost-effective method for regaining control over your dental health.
The bottom line
Many cleaning products from soaps to toothpaste contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a chemical that may be potentially harmful in both irritations, the destruction of the rainforests, palm tree plantations, and even to aquatic animals. To reduce irritation, improve your health, and save the environment at the same time consider swapping household products such as your toothpaste to SLS and SLES free alternatives, like our CBD toothpaste.