In Support of AB 2823
Revision of the California Organic Food Act

To speed your letter:

Email address for Assembly Member Strom-Martin is

Fax number: 916/319-2101

Complementary Information On Some Ingredients
In Commonly Used Personal Care and Cosmetic Products
  • Betty Bridges, RN
    Just a few links available through Fragranced Products Information Network. -- barb

  • EHN

  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review)
    SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate - a PDF file
    The industry. -- barb

  • ASK E [E-Magazine]
    Safe Shampoos, Synthetic Oil and the Imperiled Economy
    The Latest on Chemical Cleansers, Auto Emissions and Environmental Regulation

    Compiled by Ben Chadwick
    "Have you heard about the ingredient in shampoos and bath washes called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate?"

  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment:
    Agents of Subtle Change?

    Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 107, Supplement 6, December 1999
    Excerpted from the full article:
    "... Personal Care Products in the Environment ...
    "...Personal care products differ from pharmaceuticals in that large amounts can be directly introduced to the environment. For example, these products can be released directly into recreational waters or volatilized into the air (e.g., musks). Because of this direct release they can bypass possible degradation in POTWs. Also, in contrast to pharmaceuticals, less is known about the effects of this broad and diverse class of chemicals on nontarget organisms, especially aquatic organisms.**[emphasis added] Data are also limited on the unexpected effects on humans. For example, common sunscreen ingredients, 2-phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid and 2-phenylbenzimidazole, can effect DNA breakage when exposed to UV-B (94).

    The quantities of personal care products produced commercially can be very large. For example, in Germany alone the combined annual output for eight separate categories has been estimated (95) at 559,000 tons for 1993 (Table 3). A few examples are given below of common personal care products that are ubiquitous pollutants and that may possess substantial bioactivity. ..."

    **I dare say, "less is known about the effects of this broad and diverse class of chemicals on" people . . . especially nontarget people -- those who suffer adverse events at the seond- and third-hand levels of exposure!!! -- barb

  • Safe2Use

    • Caution
      "90% of all commercial soap shampoos use a detergent called sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and/or sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that can be retained in tissues up to 5 days even after a single drop."

    • Hidden hazards in body care products Sodium lauryl sulfate, a known toxin, lurks in most shampoos.
      Reprinted from Spectrum, The Wholistic News Magazine
      (July/August 1994 Issue, Page 37, Reprinted with permission)

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in Shampoos: The Real Story
    By David Steinman, from Healthy Living

  • Warning: What Your Shampoo's Label Won't Tell You...
    by Harry Terhanian
    Taken from the Summer/Fall 1999 issue of Making Scents Magazine

Return to EHN's Act Now!

Return to EHN's Action Letters Index

EHN at

Visit EHN's FDA Citizens' Petition logged in by the FDA as Docket Number 99P-1340. Learn of toxic chemicals found in popular scents through analyses.

Support EHN's FDA Petition. WRITE to the FDA today!

Comments? Please put WWW in subject line. Thanks.

Return to Index of Letters To Inform and Of Rebuttal

Please check back often as we are always adding valuable links to our pages of Links.

As with all organizations, EHN depends upon your contributions of time and energy,
as well as your membership support.

Top of page

Return to EHN's homepage (

The Environmental Health Network (EHN) [of California] is a 501 (c) (3) non profit agency and offers support and information for the chemically injured. HomePage is