At Vibes, we're proud that all of our soaps are made SLS & Paraben free because we believe that our customers deserve the best.
Many of us know that we should be using SLS-free & Paraben free soaps but not many know why - so get your lab coats on and we'll explain it!
What is SLS?
SLS - or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - is a chemical agent that’s used for cleaning. Essentially it helps to make soaps ‘froth’ or give off some extra bubbles. It's derived from petroleum, coconut oil or palm oil. Because of this, it’s used in everything from floor cleaners to shampoos.
Unfortunately SLS has been on the radar of organizations like the Environmental Working Group, and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, because it's been linked to issues such as canker sores (in toothpaste) and eczema (in soap).
What are Parabens?
Essentially, parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. They're used to extend the shelf life (up to years) in many health and beauty products by preventing the growth of mould and bacteria within them. That may sound great, but we'd rather use natural ingredients in small batches to keep our soap (and our customers) fresh.
To make matters worse, Parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumours, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
So what now?
At Vibes, we're proud to make our small-batch soap without the use of SLS and Parabens. Unfortunately SLS and Parabens are not only in soaps - they're also in some toothpastes, cosmetics, and more.
We recommend finding companies that avoid these ingredients. Read labels, do your research, and stay informed!