29 June 2010

Finding good Sodium Lauryl Sulfate-Free Products


...That foam up! Yes, if you are going to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (which is what creates the foam in shampoo, shower gel and facial washes) you may find that some products are lacking on the foaming front. Which I find makes me use more of the product to compensate for this. Not a good thing when you are spending that bit more on shampoo and shower gel to avoid SLS.

If you haven't got a clue what I am going on about and wondering why you would want to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS (which if you look, is found in nearly 99%  of all shampoos) it's because in the chemical world it's actually classed as a skin irritant and isn't good for your skin, hair or health.
If you want to know why I personal stopped using normal shampoo you can read the post on it here. 
 I have now been using only SLS free shampoo for over 5 months now and my hair is so much stronger and not frizzy or dry for once.

 Anyway I could ramble on all day but basically I have tried quite afew SLS-free shampoo and shower gels to find the right 'foam factor' so I thought I would share the ones I love and also compare them to normal products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.



So first here is a sample of the foam factor for the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends shampoo which was actually WHY I started to use only SLS free products - The product above actually caused me to have a bad reaction to it on my scalp and I later realized (which is why I have decided to tell you all) it contains both Ammonuim Laureth Sulfate and Ammonuim Lauryl Sulfate. The strongest type of sulfate there is! Says alot...you will rarely see this ingredient in any shampoo and theres a reason for it. It ofcourse foams up due to the SLS.


As for SLS-free shampoos there aren't many on the market which if you use them I am sure you know already! The cheapest and most widely available brand has to be Naked which price all there SLS-free shampoos at £3.99 for 250ml. The first I tried was the Balance Recovered Deep Cleanse shampoo...which like it says deep cleans the hair so it was abit too stripping to use 4 times a week. It was also very runny and didn't foam up too well. So I moved onto the Naked Richness Revealed Colour Protection Shampoo which foams up slightly better and also smells alot nicer. I alternate this with my favourite SLS free shampoo which is the Tigi Bed Head Superstar Shampoo which you can see above. It foams up even more than a normal shampoo and smells so so good. You can find this at CheapSmells.com for £5.10 and most hairdresser's for about £9.00, however be careful as some of the shampoos in the Bed Head range do contain SLS.

Next I want to take about Shower gels...the reason why I started to only use SLS free shower products was because I started to see a dramatic improvement in the little lumps on the backs of my arms from using SLS free shampoo. Also my skin was just generally less spotty and bumpy. So I decided to continue to make my skin look better by switching to only SLS shower gels and bath products and face scrub/washs (but I will talk about that some other time). But using only SLS-free shower gels has made such a difference to the backs of my arms, I kid you not!

Much like shampoo you will find that most shower products that create a lather/foam will contain SLS. Lynx...Radox....L'Oreal...some Lush products....even Original Source. Basically everything.


The above Possibility Raspberry Pavlova product was something I bought from ASOS over a year ago it's a multi-use product so shower gel and shampoo in one and ofcourse it contains SLS. However it doesn't actually foam up that much! But anyways most SLS products do foam up... 

Naked Coco de Mer Body Wash it what I mainly use and love, it foams up so well. It really is creamy and smells so nice (and also expensive smelling in a way) and not at all 'eco' or 'organic' like. However I have tried other ones in the range most specifically the White Ginger Body Wash and it doesn't foam up as much. So I would highly recommend looking for creamy products that are more opaque than clear. The body wash range again is priced at £3.99 for 250ml. I again alternative this with another cheaper SLS-Free product so I don't use it up as fast. I use the Seba Med soap or cleansing bar which I have spoke about before it's around £2.00 for a 100g bar and you can find it in most chemists. I use it on my face but also in the shower on a shower puff thing...I am sure you know what I mean. 
It foams up well and leaves the skin feeling clean. A good cheap alternative to make your other SLS-free products last longer. 


I know this post won't be some people's cup of tea as it is more in-depth but it's something that I feel quite strongly about and really think it is worth a try even if it's just to achieve better hair and skin!

28 comments:

BittersweetKindaNew said...

Loving your SLS posts! Really got me thinking, as I dont enjoy the shampoos I've been using recently. Going to have a look at the Naked range in Boots today.

Thanks
Lx

MissisG said...

Thank you, this is a great post. It frustrates me that brands like Original Source, Johnsons Baby and Simple get away with marketing their products as being mild and gentle or even natural, when in actual fact they're full of harsh chemicals. What a load of clap trap. Well done for highlighting this :)

Dreams That Glitter said...

Thank you for this amazing post, I'm so glad you're making people aware of this. You are officially awesome! :).

xoxo

Mim Claire said...

I too have been looking for organic/SLS-free shampoos without much luck. I'm definitely going to be looking into that TIGI one! Thanks for sharing! :)

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

Thanks so so much for this post! I can't believe how many products contain an ingredient that can actually make skin crack, blister and bleed. My scalp and skin have suffered for years and even GPs couldn't explain why, only switching to SLS-free worked. It's crazy.

I'll definitely check out the Bedhead rec - I love Waitrose Organic Moisturising Shampoo which costs £3.90 - and if you have a store near you they have a lot more SLS-free ranges than on the high street.

Thanks again for raising awareness of this issue!

alexandra said...

thanks for doing this post its really cleared things up for me. i very rarely get irritated by products but im definitely considering switching at least some of the things i use. im a big fan of the naked products too so that will be a good place to start!

Maggi said...

I also recommend SEBAMED products (great sunscreens too), and also ALVERDE - an amazing German organic brand (skincare, haircare, bodycare, whatever)

♥ Jaynee ♥ said...

I love my Sebamed bar!! Made such an improvement to my face xx

Love From Eden said...

I stay away from sls and any synthetic ingredients. I might try Naked shampoo as the one I currently have isn't working out :( http://lovefromeden.blogspot.com/2010/11/urtekrams-rose-shampoo.html
xx

herroyalbleakness said...

this is huge help! thanks for taking time in creating this post. :)

prumm55 said...

I have only just discovered that the condition of severely dry and cracked finger tips (it is the summer)is probably due to SLS. Now I have found your site and am so grateful you have started me on the way to finding products to use. I have been given so many things to correct my condition and I find they have contained SLS !!! I will comment again to see the improvement. I also have very sore dry eyelids, so I wonder if it is the shampoo, as I do that every day !!

Dancefan said...

In my fifties I developed eczema and started to use sulphate free products.What a difference in my skin. My 21 year old son has had eczema since a baby and since moving to sulphate free products his has also cleared up.Good to read your experiences.

Dancefan said...

In my fifties I developed eczema and started to use sulphate free products.What a difference in my skin. My 21 year old son has had eczema since a baby and since moving to sulphate free products his has also cleared up.Good to read your experiences.

BeautyFul World said...

Thank you so much for this post. I have just recently gone sulfate and paraben free and stuggled to find affordable products. I will be definitely trying Naked for smapoo and shower gel. As much as I love Liz Earle I refuse to pay £12 for a shower gel.
Sylwia xxx

BeautyFul World said...

Thank you so much for this post. I am turning sulfate-free now and when I've been looking for a shampoo they were all so expensive! I have placed an order with Naked :) Hopefully it will help with my itchy scalp.
I have featured your post in my Sunday Share - check it out and you mind find new great blogs to read :)
Sylwia

BeautyFul World said...

Oh I just realized I already left you a comment! So sorry for spamming lol xxx

Nancy said...

Thanks for the information. My 8-year-old daughter developed a nasty case of scalp psoriasis that had scaly plaques all over her head. Fortunately our pediatrician (who gave us a prescription shampoo with sufates and a steroid ointment that didn't) said that the psoriasis may actually be a sulfate allergy. Fortunately we found the relatively new L'Oreal line at our local drug store. After about a month, about 95 of the scaling is gone. I think the combo of the steroid ointment and the shampoo/conditioner did the trick. However, now she's getting a few psoriasis areas on her body. I've found sulfate-free bar soaps, but finding a shower gel or bath product she can use has been impossible.

Nathan Gemmell said...

Aghhhh I'm so happy now I've seen the Herbal Essences shampoo is the culprit. I used my mums as I ran out and it burnt my scalp so much it was painful. I also use hair gel from vo5 and that does the same too. I asked the doc and he gave me some tar lookalike horrible smelling shampoo and it was useless. I've just bought Happy Hair Day Blueberry 300ml £2.50 from sainsburys.
Thank you for clearing up a few things.

Cynthia Wilkison said...

I have found a body wash that is AMAZING. (I haven't tried their shampoo yet) Completely SLS free. Actually the company that it's from, Celadon Road. All their products are SLS, Paraben, Phalate, Sodium Hydroxide, and BPA Free. They have so many things that I have tried and Just DOWN RIGHT LOVE! Here is a link to my favorite body-wash of theirs that I have tried so far(there will be more) I have Lemongrass on order!!! http://www.myceladonroad.com/shop/productdetail.aspx?prod=033-002

Randolph said...

SLS horrible!!

Randolph said...

Where on earth can we find SLS free shower gels?? Searched Tesco with no luck!!

Megan Sandoz said...

Have you heard of Sonett beauty and cleaning products? It's a German product. I am trying to figure out if they are SLS free, but am having a hard time.

LauraWolfhart said...

Wow thanks for this, really useful! The one I'm using now is called Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil shampoo, it's sls free of course. It's AWESOME on my hair, have you heard or used it before???

Cally said...

Burt's bees is sls free. Cleansers, shampoos etc... Lots to choose from.

Sweet Sunnah Shop UK said...

Hello all! A couple years ago I started getting dry scaly fingers. They got worse, cracked skin even cuts and bleeding! Went to doctors, and was told it's happened due to contact with chemicals, and given a few creams to improve the condition. Well that's when I was converted to SLS products! I have used Naked range, but my all time favourite SLS free shampoo is from an American brand; Sweet Sunnah. It has a lovely botanical smell and leathers up well. You can find them here http://www.blackseedbenefits.co.uk

floris de smedt said...

I bought the naked coc de mer and some other naked products. Plus the tigi bed head shampoo and conditioner.
All of them contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or stuff like: Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate,... wich don't seem much better. Or am I wrong? Had to buy them online oversees because I can't find them here, and feel I just threw a lot of money away.

1HappyJill said...

SLS free beauty products can be obtained from REN, Neal's Yard, This Works (http://www.thisworks.com/)

delfi said...

Thank u soo much for sharing ur advice .....i will now start using SLS free products.

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