As some of you well know there is a swelling movement (mostly of naturalists and puritans) who are moving away from products (shampoos, bath products etc) that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS/SLES). I count myself as one of those people...
However, what is the truth? I've heard SLS purported as a harsh detergent type cleanser or an additive that encourages foaming - hence its use in shampoos etc... so not nice per se but is it dangerous?
I found this article today "Sorting fact from fiction", which gives a nice summary. You can read it and make up your own mind. Of course I would also encourage you to do your own research and read a lot more widely than this one article.
None of my son's baby products contain SLS or SLES. None of my daughter's skin or bath products contain SLS /SLES (she has eczema) and since I had my son, none of my skincare products contain this stuff. Parabens are also not allowed near my family's skin. (Another article here and here if you're interested).
Anyway, that's my contribution.... the main reason I wrote this was because I was wondering why.. if there was such concern about SLS/SLES, why my SIMPLE skin care product would contain SLS, when the SIMPLE range is dedicated to being 'kind and gentle to skin'. Maybe SLS isn't as bad as we've been led to believe? Maybe... but maybe not. So unfortunately, I will not be using the SIMPLE foaming facial wash someone gave me last week. What a shame.