8 Things You Need to Know About Sulfates


Here at Posh, we steer clear of sulfates—namely SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate). Here’s what you need to know about this controversial ingredient:


  1. Sulfates are commonly found in both cleaning products and personal care products, like liquid cleansers, shampoos, bubble bath, and bath bombs, because they create foam.

  2. Sulfates help loosen grease and oil from your scalp and skin.

  3. SLS and SLES are derived from petroleum, which is a contributing factor to climate change, greenhouse gases, and pollution.

  4. Sulfates are considered safe only when they are used for short periods of time or when they are in concentrations of less than 1%.

  5. Most shampoos have sulfate concentrations of 10–25%.

  6. Sulfates have been linked to cell damage, including organ toxicity and skin irritation, and can increase skin sensitivity.

  7. Sulfates strip your body’s natural oils, drying out hair and skin, and strip color from color-treated hair.

  8. Residue from products containing sulfates can clog pores.


So, what do you do if your current products contain sulfates? Try these alternatives:



As If I Hair™ All-Purpose Shampoo is gentle enough for all hair types and helps fortify strands with quinoa while soothing and moisturizing the scalp with olive and coconut extracts.


Pro tip: For healthier looking locks and more vibrant color, rinse with cold water instead of hot.



Sulfates lurk in many liquid hand soaps, leading to dry hands and cuticles. When in Foam™ Foaming Hand Soaps get their foaming lather from coconut-derived ingredients and lock in moisture with glycerin.

DYK? The average person washes their hands about 10 times per day.



Foaming cleansers feel great, especially on oily or sensitive skin types. The problem is these skin types are more prone to imperfections, which can arise when pores are clogged with sulfate residue. Show Off™ Foaming Face Cleanser is ultra-mild for sensitive skin and contains willow and citrus oils to help cut through excess oil.




Bubble baths are our favorite way to relax; unfortunately, most bubbles get their foaming action from sulfates, which means the longer you soak, the more damage you’re doing to your skin. Bubble Up™ All Mixd Up is sulfate-free and super foamy so you can soak as long as you like without giving up any bubbles.




Looking to make your bath even better? Unlike most bath bombs, Fízi™ bath bombs are sulfate-free and come in tons of frou frou flavors.



It’s time to say sayonara to sulfates and make the switch for softer skin and shinier hair.