Potentially, SLS is perhaps the most harmful ingredient in personal-care products. SLS is used in testing-labs as the standard skin irritant to compare the healing properties of other ingredients. Industrial uses of SLS include: garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps. Studies show its danger potential to be great, when used in personal-care products. Research has shown that SLS and SLES may cause potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins to form in the bottles of shampoos and cleansers by reacting with commonly used ingredients found in many products. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing.
Watching Erin demonstrate making her soap has convinced me that this is an easy and fun thing to do. Instructions are all over the web when you start looking. Erin showed the class how to safely work with a key soap ingredient that is absolutely necessary if you want bar soap, as opposed to liquid soap. That ingredient is lye. Potentially dangerous if not used carefully, Erin showed how easy and safe it is to work with when a few simple precautions are followed. It is always important to weat eye protection in case the lye water mixture fizzes up quickly, and rubber gloves to protect against caustic splashes on the skin. However, the mixing looked easy, no amateur chemistry set disasters and anyone who can safely cook, can do this.
Erin shared the following on-line video for information on making soap: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/10160-how-to-make-soap and also encouraged people to visit her on Facebook: http://ww.facebook.com/erinzaffis and her blog at http://thegreenbikeblog.blogspot.com/.
Why buy into the toxic corporate conspiracy when you can make your own beautiful soap at home with clean, healthy ingredients, some of which you can grow yourself? Have fun!