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Why we avoid SLS and parabens

Our soaps are safe for both your own health and the environment. They are completely free of synthetic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and parabens, two of the most renowned potentially harmful chemicals used in soaps.


What are these chemicals, and why avoid them?


Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is derived from coconut or palm oil through a chemical process. It’s used as a foaming agent in soaps and other cosmetics. Whether SLS causes harm to humans, is an ongoing discussion. Often it is considered safe in smaller quantities, yet some claim that it can cause skin irritation, and in the long run leave the skin more vulnerable to pollutants. The European Medicines Agency (an EU agency) concludes that SLS should generally not be used due to the high uncertainties about the substance.


Parabens is another discussed synthetically derived chemical. It is used as a preservative and linked to hormonal disturbances. Some studies indicate potential reproductive, immunological, neurological and skin irritation problems caused by parabens. Increased chances of breast cancer is also reported. Yet, other papers deem the use of parabens safe in small quantities.


Names of parabens: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben .


The reliability of studies done on SLS and parabens is limited as they don’t fully represent a normal person's exposure to such chemicals. In reality we are exposed everyday, by multiple sources over a long time. Since studies don’t capture this effect, it is difficult, if not impossible to know the true effect of SLS and parabens.


The environmental concerns of these chemicals is another complex issue. It is also a discussed topic with no clear consensus. The potential danger comes when waste-water reaches the oceans and other water bodies. It is difficult to remove all the chemicals from the waste-water beforehand. Sometimes the waste-water even goes directly into the oceans. This exposes marine life to foreign substances and can potentially harm ocean ecosystems.


Why are these substances used even though we don't fully know the risk?

These chemicals are cheap to produce and gives the cosmetics and hygiene industry large margins. Yet, they are leaving the users and the environment to carry the potential high costs to health and ecosystems.


Our soaps are well preserved without parabens, and foams greatly using natural herbs instead of SLS.