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Why SLS is bad for you so I'm giving up Soap and Glory

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This was meant to be a Soap and Glory review

I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to Soap and Glory products so soon.  I only started trialling them a few months back and had been really impressed.  The scents are just scrumptious, the products last forever and the results seemingly fantastic.

So why would I be giving them up?

It’s to do with my ever increasing quest to use more natural based products and stop using those containing potentially harmful chemicals.  I’ve cut out parabens over the past year or so by reading every single ingredients list for the products I use/want.  Sometimes I have to research this online as the products are too small to list the ingredients. 

I recently discovered my favourite Rimmel concealer contained a whole parade of them whilst researching the ingredients online so immediately stopped using it.  Well, Soap and Glory bath products don’t contain parabens as far as I am aware, but they do contain something called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES))

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I've noticed a lot of natural and handmade beauty products state they do not contain SLS so I did a little research to see why.  ‘According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.’(quote from www.livestrong.com) 

So why would anyone put this in shampoo or shower gel? 

It's a detergent that makes them foam.  If you’re like me you may well love a good foamy shower gel or shampoo, but the ingredient that often causes this could actually be a total hazard!  SLS is also used in engine degreasing, garage floor cleaner and car wash soaps.  It is corrosive.  I’m not sure I want to rub this all over myself, not matter how small the amount!

I really did enjoy using The Scrub of Your Life and Clean on Me; both smelt fabulous and gave results as expected all for a bargain price.  This was intended to be a blog post of me raving about how awesome I thought these products were, until I became wise to SLS and so read the ingredients.  I will not repurchase these because of this.  I have seen their Glad Hair Day does not contain SLS and this is clearly stated.  Hopefully they will be removing it from all of their products ASAP and other mainstream brands will follow.

For now I will be buying from smaller handmade companies who use natural ingredients.  I have already been trialling a lot of Isa Marie skincare and I'm so impressed with the results (new blog post coming soon).  

I feel a natural revolution coming on!

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  1. Oh my goodness...did not know this and Love Soap and Glory products, what a shame! Good to know though, will be on the hunt for alternatives!

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