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Lesson While Walking Our Puppies

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I like to listen to audio books when I walk our puppies.  Here's Willow...our charmer, and Primus...our 110 lb. lap dog.

Aren't they cute?

Anyways...I was listening to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  

In the book, he interviews someone from Protcer & Gamble...one of the largest consumer companies in the world, making Crest toothpaste, Dawn dishwashing soap, Herbal Essence shampoo, Tide laundry detergent,  Ivory soap, and many other brands we all know.

The guy from P&G made an interesting statement.  He said that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a common ingredient in all the above products as well as most big brand soaps, is used only to produce bubbles.  And the bubbles do not contribute to cleaning at all.

Big companies put Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) in so many of their cleaning products because we have the assumption that the presence of bubbles is proof the cleaning agent is working.  

According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Review, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) has shown links to:

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Developmental/Reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, excotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer

But at least it makes bubbles for us!

Now, I'm not a scientist.  I will not make claims that soaps with SLS will cause cancer.  I don't know the conditions on which the Environmental Working Groups research was conducted.  I have also read conflicting reports on this ingredient...so I honestly don't know for sure.

I do know a few things though.

  1. If there is a doubt, I don't want to risk using those chemicals on my body...and I don't want my family using them either.  
  2. There are better options...safer options that clean better, and leave your skin feeling more moisturized.


Meiling Soaps does not use any Sodium Lauryl Sulfates.  We don't use any synthetic chemicals at all.  All the oils and butters used to make our soaps are certified organic.

You not only know what is in your soap...you feel good about it.

And your skin does too!



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  • Conrad Metz on

    Thanks Henry! We’re gonna have to come up for a visit sometime. Primus needs a little farm experience.

  • Henry on

    Thanks Conrad, good information to have.
    Really enjoying the Meeting soaps.


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