Many shampoos, as well as soaps, detergents, and other products, contain the ingredients sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. These chemicals are very effective foaming agents. However, they are both highly irritating chemicals that can cause damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, eye damage, and even liver toxicity. Sodium laureth sulfate is considered to be less irritating than sodium lauryl sulfate, yet it cannot be
metabolized by the liver and therefore, stays in the body’s tissues for a longer amount of time. Due to the way they dissolve oils on the skin, these chemicals allow other contaminants easier access into the body through the skin. They have also been found to mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen and have been implicated in menopausal
symptoms and fertility problems. Other products known to contain these chemicals include: bubble bath, toothpaste, laundry detergent, stain remover, carpet cleaner,
body wash, shaving cream, mascara, mouthwash, and moisturizing lotion. As a healthier alternative, look for products that do not contain sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate in their ingredient’s list. Just because a product is advertised as “natural” or “organic” does not mean it is always safe.
The Aubrey Organics shampoos and conditions at herbs etc are all free from these dangerous chemicals.