You might think that Soap, one of the most widely used and recommended things to keep you safe at home, would be safe to use. Sadly due to modern developments in terms of chemicals, the old favourite soap is now worthy of carrying it’s own health warning. So why has it become so much of a threat?
As we have seen in our consumer driven society we want, or so we are told, products that feel nicer, foam better, smell nicer etc and sadly simple old fashioned soap is one of the casualties. The reason chemicals are added to soap is to make them perform better, to have a longer lasting creamier lather that feels nice. Sadly the main chemical added is called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) both are very effective surfactants and foaming agents but they are derived from Sulphuric acid and often contain dioxane a known carcinogen. Both irritate the skin and unfortunately are absorbed by the skin and SLES cannot be processed by the liver and hence stays in the body long term.
We have seen reports of 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulphate sometimes in very high concentrations that are described as “highly irritating and dangerous“.
So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?
The answer is simple – it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.
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.
Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate 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.
Products commonly found to contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLES
- Tooth paste
- Washing-up liquid / dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Childrens soaps / shampoos
- Stain Remover
- Carpet Cleaner
- Fabric glue
- Body wash
- Shave cream
- Skin cleanser
- Moisture lotion / Moisturiser
- Sun Cream
LIQUID CASTILE SOAP
Liquid castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for soap made exclusively from vegetable oil (as opposed to animal fat). So is ecosoapia. It has an organic vegan formulation and its great for sensitive skin.
Ecosoapia organic liquid castile soap We are pretty sure you won’t find a more feel-good hand and body wash than Ecosoapia organic castile liquid soaps. They won’t strip your skin of moisture, plus they are organic and have the Soil Association seal of approval.
Ecosoapia is super organic, smells amazing. Keep green and clean with these soapy treats. They are totally organic, look gorgeous and contain no nasties.
Ecosoapia organic castile liquid soap will appeal to ethical beauty junkies.
Ecosoapia organic liquid soap comes in cute bottle that fits to every bathroom.
Ecosoapia has been awarded both the Chemical Consumer Award and Consumer Award from Allergy UK which is especially important for all those allergy sufferers.