From Tom's Website...
|What's wrong with SLS? What is it? Is that the only thing that makes tom's bad?
I got the following from the Tom's website:What is it?
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent naturally derived from coconut and/or palm kernel oil. SLS has a long history of safe use in a variety of consumer personal care products.What does it do?
We use SLS in our toothpaste to properly disperse the ingredients and ensure easy rinsing.What are the alternatives?
SLS is not the only foaming or dispersal agent available, but we believe it is the best choice due to its long history of safe use, its lack of odor or taste, and its low level of concentration in our products.
For those of our consumers who prefer to use a toothpaste without SLS, we also offer a line of SLS-free toothpastes which use glycyrrhizin
, derived from licorice root, to foam and disperse ingredients:
They also said:What are the risks?
We are well aware of the widespread Internet rumors regarding SLS and its use in shampoos, toothpaste, and other products. At Tom's we are concerned about the safety and efficacy of our products, so we take these rumors seriously. Specifically, we have heard claims that SLS is linked to cancer, cataracts, liver or kidney damage, and other maladies. These widespread rumors have been investigated by respected publications such as The Washington Post
and The Berkeley Wellness Newsletter
, both of which have called them a "sham" and a "hoax." The American Cancer Society
has also created an information page debunking the claims. So rampant are these rumors that they are even addressed on the Urban Legends
website, which provides additional reputable sources of information about SLS research.
We, too, have researched these claims extensively and have found them to be completely unsubstantiated. As formulated for cosmetic use, SLS has not been found to cause cancer in any recognized scientific research studies. When used in our toothpaste, SLS has limited contact with the gums and is then rinsed out.