SLS Free Toothpaste
At truthpaste, we don’t believe in using SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate). SLS is widely used in many cosmetics across the world as a foaming agent, and so often found in many synthetic based toothpastes.
SLS is problematic for several reasons, from it’s production to its effect on hair and skin and, ultimately, on our environment.
- Palm oil and petroleum are often used in the production of most SLS, and whilst there is some effort to try and find a suitable alternative, the vast majority is still using it, causing the destruction of the rainforest.
- In hair and skin products, repeated use leads to drying of the skin or scalp. It strips the skin of it’s natural oils and in severe cases can lead to skin issues like eczema or dermatitis. If you are prone to allergies then SLS in your toothpaste can cause selling or ulcers or just make your whole mouth feel uncomfortable.
- The full effects of SLS chemicals on our environment are still only now becoming clear. It is considered to be toxic to aquatic life on it’s own. Whilst this means that small amounts in household products, like toothpaste, are unlikely to cause harm when washed down a sink, if it is not treated or disposed of correctly during production, the effects on the environment can be devastating.
There is much debate over the use of SLS and arguments for and against the use of it. We feel that it doesn’t belong in truthpaste. Given that it can irritate sensitive teeth and gums, and that it has limited benefits when compared to ingredients like bentonite clay and our mixture essential oils, we are happy to leave it well and truly off our ingredients list.