Hello my loves!

I must say I love receiving your questions and comments, it gives me so much joy to see people taking active steps toward and seeing the results from healthier lifestyle choices. Keep those questions coming!!!

Recently, however, I have noticed my inbox has been flooded with enquiries about the one particular topic:

Dear Bec,

I am wondering what your thoughts are on Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, I heard it’s a dangerous substance hidden in beauty products. Can you help?


Bubbles (name withheld).

Dear Bubbles,

Thank you so much for your email!

I have seen plenty of debate about the use of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate where some people are alleging it’s a dangerous product.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a foaming agent used in toothpastes, shower gels and shampoos to give you that lovely bubbly feeling.

Stringent testing has shown that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is not carcinogenic (cancer causing), but can be an irritant to the eyes and skin – and I think we’ve all experienced a wayward soap bubble to the eye.

As per product packaging, it is advisable to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth. A chemical that SOUNDS similar, Sodium Laureth Sulphate has been known to be extremely irritating to the skin and eyes in large amounts, but again not carcinogenic.

Some people, like myself, are sensitive to certain chemicals used in beauty and health products. For instance, I find most major brand toothpastes leave an uncomfortable burning sensation in my mouth.

Thankfully, I found the Forever Living toothpaste before my mouth puckered up like an old string purse.

In saying that, the Forever Living toothpaste does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

If you feel like doing some more reading on the subject I found a great article here and another by the Australian Cancer Council here.

In summary, it is highly unlikely that you or your family will risk developing cancer from products containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

However, I would continue to properly rinse the exposed areas with water to prevent any irritation.

Of course for the legal bits: if you experience any unusual side affects from using beauty or hygiene products please stop using the product/s and consult your health practitioner immediately.



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