What is SLS?
SLS, also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, is a harsh surfactant which acts to lower surface tension between chemical compounds and active ingredients allowing for a more thorough cleansing. Therefore, it is used as a cleaning and foaming agent in most detergents and sadly… soap!
What’s the harm?
SLS should be avoided whenever possible; especially for those with sensitive skin or specific conditions such as eczema or psoriasis for instance. Indeed, this may trigger skin reaction.
What about A La Maison?
At A La Maison de Provence, we do not use SLS. It goes entirely against our core values and quality standards. Moreover, we believe that SLS is not necessary nor the only surfactant available to make a good quality soap with genuine cleansing properties. Instead, we prefer using saponified vegetable oils; such as coconut, olive and argan oils.
Click here for more information about the French Milled process for saponification and the molding of our soap.