Feb 14, 2022
Sulfates make your soap foam. We’ve grown used to equating effectiveness with lather. So much so that sulfates have been added to everything from toothpaste and shaving cream to laundry detergent! But, they aren’t natural. And they are not good for your skin. Here’s why.
A KNOWN IRRITANT
Sulfates are a known irritant to human skin, and have been scientifically proven to dry out and damage fine hair. According to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology, sulfates are considered safe in concentrations below 1 percent or when used for short periods of time. Any concentration over 2 percent will cause some degree of skin irritation.
Liquid shampoo typically contains up to 15 percent!
Shampoo bars up to 90%!!!
The question becomes – is it worth the risk?
“TOO EFFECTIVE” IS NOT A GOOD THING!
Sulphate-based products may just be too effective for personal care products.
They make your body vulnerable to other chemicals which your skin cannot protect itself from, as the sulphate has just removed your skin and hairs’ natural protective barrier.
By stripping your skin and hair of their natural oils, sulfates cause skin irritation, itchiness, hives, and redness, and leave your hair dry and frizzy. And that’s not to mention the damage sulfates do to the environment. (If you’d like to know more about that click this story)
Why bother if you can do better?
GO WITH THE HIPPO
BEBA Botanica Hippo Soap is handmade using the natural saponification process, and as such is completely detergent free. Our luxury vegan soap bars are crafted using high quality vegan oils and butters, in both hot process as well as cold process methods.
BEBA Botanica Shampoo Bars are formulated using a combination of the plant-based cleansers for maximum efficiency and minimum impact. Again, they’re sulfate free.
Unlike other formulators of shampoo bars, our products are formulated with the highest quality, gentle, biodegradable surfactants.
The surfactants we use in our Shampoo bars are ALL naturally derived, sustainable and biodegradable. These are the cleansers we use in our shampoo bars:
- Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is an extremely gentle natural biodegradable surfactant derived from Coconut Oil. (Ecocert approved)
- Decyl Glucoside is a mild plant based biodegradable non-ionic surfactant, suitable for sensitive skin and all hair types. Derived from coconut and corn-starch (glucose) it is sustainable and 100% renewable. (Ecocert approved)
- Cocamidapropyl Betaine (CAPB) is a natural gentle biodegradable ampholytic surfactant made from coconut oil. (Ecocert approved). Note: This ingredient was initially identified as an allergen, but it was later discovered that the toxins identified were as a result of bad manufacturing practise and not from the CAPB itself. We only source the purest ingredients from ethical reputable sources. Pure CAPB is safe and non-toxic.
- Varisoft EQ65 is a certified green and readily biodegradable cationic ( positively charged) ester quat. It offers increased volume, rinseability, ease of styling and shine without weighing hair down.(COSMOS Green certified)
BEBA Botanica leaves your skin and hair beautifully cleansed, nourished and protected. Our zero-waste skincare and haircare are sustainable, ethical and fair trade, and packaged in biodegradable packaging.
We make a difference!
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