SLS and SLES - Why we don't like them!
You've seen on all of our soapy bars that we don't like SLS and SLES - not many people know what these are, what they do and why we don't like them. We thought we'd put together a brief blog post to explain why.
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) are surfactants which lower surface tension between ingredients, this means products with SLS/SLES in them foam more easily. They're very commonly used in shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
We all love that foamy-goodness, and, whilst SLS and SLES virtually guarantee easy foaming, it comes at a cost.
SLS/SLES is known to cause skin irritation - it can remove natural oil from the skin which can cause dry skin and reactions. Soaps with SLS in them can be especially bad for those who have sensitive skin, psoriasis or eczema. Whilst SLES is proven to cause less irritation than SLS, it can still cause irritation to some.
More and more people are moving away from products using SLS/SLES as it can damage the top layer of the skin - because of this and wanting to reduce the chance of skin irritation, we decided to keep our soapy bars SLS/SLES free.