The Truth About Sulfates: Are They Really That Bad?

Nothing is better than a hot steamy shower at the end of a long day, right? We all love to wind down and lather up with pleasantly scented suds; but at what cost? The chemical giving you the rich sudsy shower is called sulfates.

Sulfates (and its many cousins/compounds) is the most predominantly used toxin in the nation’s beauty and body products. Yes, your government approves of poisonous chemical compounds being in your beauty and body products, but that’s another story for another day. Today we’ll go over; what sulfates are, how they affect you, the main ways you consume sulfates, and some toxic free alternatives for your beauty staples!


Sulfates are really strong detergents. Just like your laundry detergent cleans your clothes, sulfates clean your hair and skin. The only difference is the chemical is so strong that it can cause irritation to the skin, attack your immune system, and even pose the threat of cancer from regular consumption.

Understand that consumption isn’t restricted to what you eat or drink on a daily basis. Consumption is also the products you massage into your skin cells and the follicles of your hair every day. This became a beauty and body product staple in the 1930’s because of its inexpensive value. Sulfates got the job done with reassuring foam to let us know we were “clean”. What they don’t tell you is that the harsh chemical strips your hair and skin of its natural oils. Which you, in turn, try to remedy your skin with a lotion that has the same product or a compound of it to some degree. It’s an endless cycle of high risk, toxic consumption. The most common sources of sulfate consumption are face wash, body wash, and moisturizers. 

Check out our toxin free recommendations below!

Face Wash: Black Tea Tree & Peppermint Acne Cleanser

Body Wash: Sulfate Free All Over Wash (Various Scents)

Face/Body Moisturizer: Melan-In Skin Nourishing Lotion +SPF 15

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