No SLES, no stress! Going Sulfate-Free.

What is this mysterious SLS and SLES?

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), are anionic detergents and surfactants found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). They are an inexpensive and very effective foaming agents. You can often find both of these surfactants or foaming agents in dish soap, liquid laundry detergents, toilet-bowl cleaners, shampoos, bubble bath and facial cleaners. 

Are these parabens harmful? How do they work and why should we be wary of them? See why you should choose shampoos without SLS and artificial preservatives. 

Parabens are artificial preservatives that do not allow mold and microbial growth in cosmetics. The practice, however, shows that as a result of their use we are increasingly suffering from a variety of skin allergies, AZS and many other ailments. Artificial preservatives are among others, and have been accused of causing reactions such as redness, urticaria or pruritus, especially in people with sensitive or allergic skin.  SLS can damage the natural hydro lipid barrier of the epidermis, which causes the scalp to become dry and at the same time causing the hair to grease (in defense from drying - it is like a closed wheel). 

Environment Canada has also categorized it as inherently toxic to aquatic organisms, flagging it for further assessment. 

What are the natural alternatives to SLS and SLES? 

All substitutes for chemical surfactants (detergents) are of plant origin and are so-called sugar thistles - safe and delicate for the skin. 

One substitue of SLES or SLS is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (DLS). Although Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate may sound like a sulfate, it is not.  DLS is a cleansing agent also known as a surfactant but is not considered a sulfate. It is a common chemical found in many ‘greener’ or more natural formulas that is used to replace the harsher sulfates because of its non-irritating yet effective properties. It is used for its degreasing, foaming, and emulsifying benefits. It is known to be extremely gentle to the skin and hair even at higher concentrations. Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate will cleanse the hair, but will not strip the moisture from hair the way harsh sulfates do.

So if you’re thinking of going sulfate-free, please try our LeSoie 10 in 1 Keratine Shampoo. In our shampoo we replaced SLES by DLS. This sulphate free shampoo gently cleanses and respects sensitive and fragile hair. The hair fibre is reconstituted by the keratin and your hair is strong, supple and silky. 

So, going sulfate-free with us?