Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is not that kind of SLS

When we were developing Summer Stories, our chemists came back to us with a list of ingredients. Between the high-performance wild harvested kangaroo apple and the anti-frizz Vitamin C boost of finger lime extract, there was one that caught our eye: Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate. We reflexively said, “we don’t want SLS.”

We knew that SLS was the bad guy of the modern shampoo world. But we had the wrong SLS. The unwanted SLS is sodium lauryl sulphate. At Summer Stories you can find sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (the good gal) in our Coolum and Tallebudgera shampoos.

Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauroyl sarcosinate share the same initials and are both cleansing agents, but that’s about it. Sulphates are what makes shampoo (and also toothpaste, facial cleansers etc) sudsy. They’re used to give that lathering effect to remove oil and dirt from hair. The downside is that they can be overly harmful making hair dry and brittle and can irritate sensitive scalps.

Whereas a sulphate-free shampoo like Summer Stories’ Coolum and Tallebudgera means that colour-treated hair will keep its colour longer. And an added bonus, a sulphate-free wash works well for anyone with curly or frizzy hair.

For an extra vote of confidence, you can find sodium lauroyl sarcosinate in the Handbook of Green Chemicals and it’s also a key ingredient in lots of brands we admire. So wash away, sunshine.

Random note: SLS is the name of a Philippe Starck-designed hotel in Los Angeles. I’ve stayed there on a press junket in another life. It’s awesome. Oh, and there are more SLS hotels in South Beach, Miami, Las Vegas and the Bahamas.