What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and why are our products formulated free of it?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (otherwise known as SLS) is a very common synthetically derived foaming agent added to cleansing products, from engine degreasers, dish soaps, laundry detergents, toothpastes, hand soaps, body wash and shampoos.

“The Journal of The American College of Toxicology published a report in 1983 showing that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. National Institutes of Health “Household Products Directory” of chemical ingredients lists over 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%, which the ACT report called “highly irritating and dangerous”.

Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Reports include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate.

So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?

The answer is simple – it is cheap.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.”

At Lovecraft, we are committed to providing you with professional grade organic ingredients naturally SLS free, which lather luxuriously and are rich in bio-available nutrients which benefit both your scalp, and our waterways long after use.