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SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE
C12H25NaO4S - Does Not Cause Cancer
I've had a number of questions asked to me about the safety of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a common ingredient found in most shampoos. Although, I have been triggered into writing this by a client who buys Urtekram Shampoo. Here's a taster of what she says:
"as for the urtekram shampoo, we stopped using it when we discovered it contained sodium lauryl sulphate, and used an all-natural shampoo from new zealand for awhile (living nature). it was utterly crap and ridiculously expensive, so we've now gone back to urtekram. how can you assure me? i know from personal experience that i have a mild-scale allergic reaction to products containing sls (red itchy bumps). now, fair play i am incredibly sensitive, but to be honest, i'd rather not take the chance. especially given that one of my diseases is known to be exacerbated by environmental toxins, chemicals, etc..."
Then there was the 'haox' email sent to another client who in turn passed it on to me! and I quote:
"Please read this message carefully. Go home and check your shampoo. Change it before it's too late. Check the ingredients listed on your shampoo bottle, and see if they have a substance by the name of Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or simply SLS."
We humans suffer all kinds of allergies, caused from eating strawberries to touching tomatoes, shampoo is a fairly common product to be allergic to. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is primarily used in cleansing products that are washed off like shampoos, hand-soaps, bath products and shaving creams, normally only very small quantities of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate will come into contact with the skin and hair. Therefore, if proper washing procedures are followed the product will only come into contact with the skin for a very short time, a matter of seconds in the case of hair washing - "Rinse Well". Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) when used as an ingredient in shampoo do not cause cancer.
"Our range of personal care products comprises award-winning shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and toothpastes. Most of our personal care products contain organic herbs, organic oils, organic raw materials. Furthermore all of our personal care products are made of 100% vegetable-based raw materials and are all free of preservatives".
Note on Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
Shampoo risk to unborn babies It has been reported that some shampoo contains the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MIT) that is used in some shampoo to kill off bacteria. A US study found methylisothiazolinone (MIT) may damage the developing nervous system and researchers are concerned about the potential effect on human foetuses.
Urtekram Shampoo Does NOT Contain Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate AKA
Sodium dodecyl sulphate, Dodecyl sodium sulphate, SLS, Lauryl sodium sulphate, Sodium laurylsulphate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sulphuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is used as an oil dispersant, and as a cosmetic and perfume ingredient. Your shampoo is safe, but I still think you should Use Urtekram Shampoo!