If you’re anything like me, what you’re about to read might change the way you look at soap forever. Meet “Sodium Laureth Sulfate”; a chemical found in most foaming products such as shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and the likes. If you can, pause a second and go in the bathroom, pick up your shower gel or any other gel that foams and take a look at the label. You will probably notice that, right after Water, the second ingredient in all the products you are using daily is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or its close cousin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). A quick online search will tell you this: Sodium Laureth Sulfate isn’t good for you.
A report published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations of SLS 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 SLS and SLES. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%, which the ACT report called “highly irritating and dangerous“. Perhaps most worryingly, sodium laureth sulfate is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
From the moment I read this it became very difficult for me to purchase shampoo or body wash without reading the labels of any product I picked up and, pretty soon, I realized I did not have many alternatives. Among the many options in the nearest drugstore (really, how many brands of body wash can there be in a Shoppers Drugmart 30? 40?) I found just a couple of products without SLES or SLS. One of them was from the Live Clean brand. Live Clean is a Canadian eco-friendly beauty care line that succeeded where of the most chemicals free body washes I had tried had failed before: it foams. Now I know it’s weird that I wanted to use products without SLS or SLES, which are the foaming agents in regular products, and still was unsatisfied when body washes or shampoos didn’t foam up enough but, like many, I feel that if there’s no foam when I’m washing my hands, then my hands aren’t clean. So, long story short, Live Clean is a great brand. I have used quite a few of their products now, mainly: exotic shine – bali oil restorative shampoo with oils of palm and coconut as well as sweet almond and soy proteins to smooth, strengthen and protect the hair. fresh water – moisturizing body wash exotic nectar – argan oil oil treatment exotic nectar– argan oil restorative shampoo & conditioner I am looking forward to trying thier body lotions as well!
I don’t have anything wrong to say about this brand. I like their packaging, I love the smell of their products, the texture of the body washes and shampoos. The only thing I could say is that the body washes are more expensive than most body washes and shower gels at around 6.99$ for 500mL. But it is sometimes on sale at Shopper’s Drugmart and that’s when I try to stock up. I strongly recommend this brand. We use so many different products everyday and, most of the time, we have no idea what’s in them. I seize every occasion to make the most healthy or the “least harmful” option.