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Sodium Laureth Sulfate

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sarahlowe2 Mon 27-Jan-14 11:19:23


Just curious to know how many people find the ingredient Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) irritating and drying to their skin? I find Radox particularly drying even though it is supposedly chock full of natural fragrances and extracts. Has anyone tried the Sanex 'Zero %' ranges and are they irritating? Have included an image of the sort I mean.


spikeyiscool Wed 29-Jan-14 12:48:33

My dd is allergic to SLS. She gets terrible mouth ulcers and face rashes if she uses it. She uses the simple spotless range (not all of it - some has SLS in it), some of the Sensodyne range (again some has SLS in it), Dr Organic handwash and Daniel Galvin and Organix hair care. I've recently discovered that some superdrug own brand toothpaste also is SLS free which is good as it is about 1/2 of the price of Sensodyne.

Isthisme Wed 29-Jan-14 16:27:45

I suffer from dry skin and have recently changed to an organic bar soap (from tescos about £4 called something like the little soap company) and now use this in the shower instead, the results are great, no more flakey skin!

Bodicea Wed 29-Jan-14 16:40:26

I use trevarno calendula soap. Order in bulk on line every once in a while

squoosh Wed 29-Jan-14 16:51:54

Toothpastes that contain SLS fuck my lips up. Dries them out so much that they turn into a cracked, sore, peeling, mess.

clio51 Wed 29-Jan-14 16:59:42

I found that! Why would you want to put something in your mouth/face that they put in detergents!

LittleBabyPigsus Wed 29-Jan-14 17:18:22

Oliva olive oil soap is like £1 in Holland & Barrett and is lovely and moisturising.

whataboutbob Wed 29-Jan-14 17:47:10

I avoid SLS as I have eczema. And in shampoos, I believe it can build up in your scalp and make it itch. I have taken it a step further and now make my own soaps ( not that difficult) and it s true you can also wash your hair with the 100% olive oil one, with good results.

MissBeehiving Wed 29-Jan-14 18:25:23

I avoid products containing SLS as they trigger my peri oral dermatitis and dry skin. Since I stopped using them and fluoride my skin has been much better. I get my products from holland and Barrett.

BeCool Wed 29-Jan-14 18:32:50

you could try not using any soap/shower gel etc?

I've not used body soap in over 10 years now. I realised I was in a cycle of scrubbing/washing natural oils off and then applying moisturisers. So I stopped.

I'm clean, my skin is fine & friends often comment how sort it is - it's not like I'm working down a mine. I'm a genuine soap dodger!
I don't use soap daily on my DC either - they will have a bubble bath once a week, otherwise it's just water baths.

Kundry Wed 29-Jan-14 18:52:51

I am positively evangelical about not using SLS after completely resolving my eczema when I stopped using it. Dermatologist told me to make sure all my soap was soap- and SLS-free and within a couple of weeks I'd come off all my steroids and moisturisers.

I'm a doctor (not derm or GP) but do see lots of patients with dry skin and I tell them the same thing, results are always a massive improvement. Same for patients with dry mouth when I get them to buy the special dry mouth toothpaste- again they are SLS free.

Products like Sanex and Dove make me very cross as they advertise as being 'sensitive' and 'moisturising' but still have SLS! You can have as much moisturising cream in a product as you like, but if you put SLS in as well it will dry your skin out. At least more mainstream products are being developed as 10 years ago anything SLS free was v expensive or only available in pharmacies. I don't want to buy fancy organic products, I just don't want SLS!

I am that freaky lady reading all the ingredients on the back of the packets in the supermarket grin

helloeverything Wed 29-Jan-14 19:35:42

I love Jason for shampoo and conditioner. Their body wash is nice too, not as nice as weleda body wash.
Ii'm avoiding SLS For mostly environmental reasons.

LittleBabyPigsus Wed 29-Jan-14 19:53:28

Jason also does toothpaste, and I think Dr Organic at H&B does too? Apparently you can also brush your teeth with peppermint Dr Bronners - but don't swallow it!

kateecass Wed 29-Jan-14 21:16:36

My DD can't have bubble bath for the same reason. I've been researching how to make my own. Also found out how to make my own washing powder but haven't managed to get all the ingredients yet.

There are several tutorials on Pinterest that show you how to make various things from Dr Bronner Castile soap including bubble bath, toothpaste, washing powder and household cleaner!!

You can make liquid Castile soap from a bar of the soap. Lots cheaper. I think most recipes just need glycerine to make it bubble bath.

Has anyone said it is actually olive oil soap? I tried to make bubble bath out of that green olive oil for my DD but it went gross! Will use Castile soap for my next attempt!

AndTwoBits Wed 29-Jan-14 22:14:07

Ive just ordered some olivia olive oil soap online to try on my face. Sick of my face feeling tight after i wash it.

LittleBabyPigsus Wed 29-Jan-14 23:43:00

kate Dr Bronners contains some olive oil I think, but is not 100& olive oil - pretty sure it's mostly hemp oil.

Just buy liquid olive oil soap if you want to use it for bubble bath.

LittleBabyPigsus Wed 29-Jan-14 23:43:15

^100% not 100&

clio51 Thu 30-Jan-14 00:44:07

Dove sensitive un scented is sls free.
Liz Earle shampoo is sls free
Sensodyne think it's mild mint is sls free

clio51 Thu 30-Jan-14 00:46:52

That's sensodyne pro enamel mint essence

FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 30-Jan-14 08:05:18

I never wash my face and only have a long hot shower about twice a week when I wash my hair....I obviously gave showers every day but only use soap on my arm's crazy washing oil off dry skin.

My kids only get three baths a week, daily quick showers with minimum of soap as I'm sire they've got dry skin too.

sarahlowe2 Fri 31-Jan-14 15:15:42

Ill have to see what my local Holland & Barrett has on offer. I can use Tresemme 'Naturals' range of shampoos no problem. These are SLES free but use the Ammonium Lauryl/laureth sulfate foaming agents. Worth a try and no too expensive either.

FrugalFashionista Thu 06-Feb-14 08:13:18

Okay, I had completely recovered from a bout of perioral dermatitis over the past month by transitioning to soap and water as my main skincare routine.

I did the ultimate test last night - washed my face with a cream cleanser that I have used for the past 10+ years and that lists two SLS derivatives as its main ingredients after water. Before, my skin was nice and even with a fairly uniform tone. I woke up with a blotchy face, angry red in the moustache area and with some perioral type bumps starting in the corners of my mouth and above my lips. This is not definite proof that SLS is a trigger - the cream cleanser lists about 20 different ingredients shock and I seem to tolerate SLS in shampoo if I avoid getting it on my face - but I think this means that we should be more critical about what is marketed to us as skincare must-haves! Will revert back to homemade castile soap that only has ingredients that I can fully control (olive oil, lye, water, wheat bran). <sigh>

Suddengeekgirl Thu 06-Feb-14 08:20:48

Which cream cleanser did you use? confused

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