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What’s SLS and why should I stay away?

The skin is comprised of many layers and must be carefully maintained by many regulatory mechanisms of the body. pH balance on skin is important as it is known to affect the skin's barrier. Each beauty product used can improve or impair the skin barrier after repeated use. SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is an effective surfactant which helps to remove residue. SLES is a similar compound called Sodium Laureth Sulfate which supposedly is a slightly less irritant. These compounds can be claimed as natural as it is derived from coconut oil, but there are several health risks that are associated with SLS. It is also used in various toothpastes, shampoos and cosmetic products as it has a thickening effect and ability to create a thick lather which is what some people find to be what ensures they're doing a good job when in the shower. So why is it so bad for you?

Brand Spotlight: DAVIDsTEA

davidstea mugs

DAVIDsTEA is a Canadian brand that features a huge variety of tea and tea accessories. Co-founder David Segal had a vision for tea and him and his cousin Herschel Segal created the first store in 2008, on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada. If you walk into any DAVIDsTEA location, you are bound to find a tea that you like with over 150 different varieties including special seasonal blends and limited edition flavours. From fairtrade to organic to chocolatey to coffee beans, they have every flavour imaginable. Their tea offerings are white, green, oolong, black, pu'erh, mate, rooibos and herbal varieties.

New Blog Post Series!

I'm starting a new blog post series called "What are _____ and why should I stay away?". These posts will highlight some interesting points in many things that we see in the world around us. I will be discussing parabens, SLS, the safety of many additives…

Brand Spotlight: Giddy Yoyo

I was wandering around my local supermarket and noticed something new in the aisle. I've been trying to find a more natural body cream as I had just run out of my Vaseline Shea Butter and absolutely loved the consistency, potency and smell of the product. By wandering the health and beauty section of the store, I thought that I'd find something natural yet similar to what I already know I like. That's when I was introduced to the brand, Giddy Yoyo.