Know Your Nasties: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Jane Russell enjoys a nice soak in Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in a 1954 publicity photo for ‘The French Line’

Our ongoing guide to the top toxic ingredients in cosmetics.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

What are they?

SLS and SLES are foaming agents commonly found in shampoo, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, toothpaste and other foaming products. 

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Know Your Nasties: Parabens

Parabens (ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-)

What are they?

Parabens are cheap preservatives that can extend the shelf life of products to up to ten years.

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