Sodium Lau­ryl Sul­fate/ Sodium Lau­reth Sul­fate

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What: A ma­jor in­gre­di­ent used in cos­met­ics, tooth­paste, hair sham­poo and con­di­tioner. Lau­ryl and Lau­reth sul­fates are de­rived from co­conut oil, but Lau­reth goes through an ethoxy­la­tion process which re­sults in 1,4 diox­ane that causes can­cer. It can be found in de­ter­gents, sur­fac­tants. Re­lated com­pounds also found in car wash soaps, garage floor clean­ers, en­gine de­greasers. Health ef­fects: Dam­ages im­mune sys­tem, es­pe­cially skin. Easily pen­e­trates skin and en­ters resid­ual lev­els in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. When mixed with other chem­i­cals, it can form into ni­trosamine, a po­tent class of car­cino­gen. The al­ter­na­tive: Look for prod­ucts that have “glu­cose” or “glu­co­side” – for ex­am­ple, sodium lau­ryl glu­cose or lau­ryl glu­cose.

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