What are replacing the sulfates?

With all the talk about sulfates and how bad they are, it seems that we have been too distracted to take the time to ask, what is taking the place of the sulfates in my shampoo? It is understandable. It takes a while to read through a shampoo label, trying to find the word sulfate to pop out. It is the where’s Waldo of the haircare industry.

Taking the time to understand what sulfates are and what they do is very important. It is equally important to understand what is replacing the sulfates in these now sulfate free shampoos.  Two words, Decyl Glucoside. This is plant derived non ionic surfactant is made from a reaction between a natural plant oil and a natural plant sugar.

Let’s take a closer look. Decyl Glucoside is a very mild surfactant that is good for all hair types and is mild enough for even the most sensitive skin. It is a compliment to Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Some benefits this ingredient can bring to a formulation are:

– Good foaming power

– Compatible with all surfactants

– Mild, but still has very effective cleaning

– Maintains balance without drying

– Does not contain any impurities

– Environmentally friendly

– Suitable for the most sensitive skin

Decyl Glucoside has a moisture binding property that allows for a smoothing effect. This natural ingredient is definitely becoming a front runner for surfactants.

SLI Beauty has selected to use this ingredient as one of its surfactants to replace the use of sulfates. To learn more or find out about other natural ingredients that SLI Beauty has chosen to use in its products, contact us;

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Did you say Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate?

We all have heard the term Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  An ingredient that is placed in our shampoos to create those fun bubbles that we all thought was keeping our hair clean. A surfactant. A detergent.  Yes, your shampoo is a foaming cocktail of ingredients that half the time you can’t pronounce. The problem is, some of the ingredients in your foaming cocktail sound harsh and all too familiar, but really are quite the opposite.

I want to talk about an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate.  I know it seems identical and really is two words deep. Have a closer look at the third word if you will! It does not say Sulfate, it says Sulfoacetate. Close enough you say! Hardly close at all! These two ingredient couldn’t be any further apart from each other if they tried.

Let’s break these down into layman’s terms! Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the cheat detergent that is put into your shampoos to make those big bubbles. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate helps to create those big bubbles too! There’s a catch. Once is a harsh cheap chemical and the other, to your surprise is a natural ingredient. Shocking I know!

So, let’s talk more about this natural ingredient. What do we know about it? Well, it is derived from coconut and palm oils, it is completely 100% safe for our skin. This plant derived ingredient effectively helps to remove oil, dirt and bacteria, without drying or irritating even the most sensitive skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is also a hydrophilic, this means it is attracted to water which enables it to dissolve more readily in water, thus providing superior rinse ability!

To break this down even further let’s talk a little basic soap science. To make soap, you need vegetable oil or fat to be mixed with a high alkaline ingredient such as lye.  When this happens you create an product that likes oil and water.  Many soaps are anionic which means that they have a negative charge on the big soap molecule that needs to be balanced by a positive charged molecule such as sodium ion.  So to break down the ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate:

Sodium is the what is called the counter ion

Lauryl simply refers to a type of oil from the coconut that is 12 Carbon units long (olive oil is made of oleic acid that is 18 carbons long)

Sulfoacetate refers to the water loving part of the molecule.  Sulfur helps the acetate (vinegar) portion of the molecule create more stable bubbles and softer lather.

I know it’s hard to know the difference between some of the ingredients in the shampoos and conditioners out there when you can’t even pronounce half of them. So now you know the difference between Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. Two of the most commonly confused ingredients in shampoos.

SLI Beauty stands tall behind Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. We are a Sulfate Free- Paraben Free-Phthalate Free-Salt Free private label hair care company. Offering up a choice to consumers in the industry.

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Paraben-demic

Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben? What are these parabens and why is there such a buzz about them? Studies are showing more and more concern about these clever little preservatives.

First, we need to establish what a paraben is exactly. Now many of them have different characteristics, but let speak generally here. A paraben is a preservative that is put into an array of our everyday products. Speaking with regards to the beauty industry, you can find them in your deodorant, mascara, hair care products, skin care products, lipsticks, eye shadows and list goes on and on. You can’t turn a corner without having to rub them on your body.

Parabens have been established as a low cost method to preserve products in the beauty industry. Many studies suggest that parabens are a leading cause in different cancers. Especially, that in when talking about women and breast cancer. Our skin is the largest organ and anything that you apply to it is going to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. A growing concern is the fact that parabens are showing to mimic estrogen in women and are being found to effect the endocrine system.

Parabens are tricky. For example, grape seed extract is viewed as a natural preservative, but when studied, was found to contain methylparaben. The only difference is that when parabens are consumed vs applied to the skin can be processed and excreted. When applied onto the skin and absorbed, stay in the body a lot longer. Used to slow down the growth of bacteria in a product and increase the shelf life, parabens were thought to be getting the job done. Let’s have a closer look at what can be done instead. Instead of compromising your endocrine system, compromising your body’s ability to identify it’s estrogen, compromising your overall health.

Rosemary Extract Oil is and excellent antioxidant that can help to extend the shelf life of a hair care product. Honey in an undiluted form acts as an amazing bacteria barrier, also Bee Propolis can be used. This is a blend of beeswax and resins that contain both antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Lemon also acts as preservative to help slow down the growth of bacteria, thus improving the shelf life of a product. D-alpha Tocopherol or better known as Vitamin E is an excellent preservative to help prevent oils in products from going rancid. Natural sources such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus are excellent preservatives because of their antiseptic qualities.

SLI Beauty believes in making products that are 100% paraben free. Using a variety of natural sources to preserve our products, while striving to find more sources so that we can remain on the cutting edge of remaining paraben free.

Although studies still prove to be inconclusive, we know enough about how our bodies absorb different chemicals and the effect those chemicals could have on our bodies. This is why SLI Beauty has chosen to remain paraben free and not cut costs to find a cheaper, less safe of a method to preserve our products. Why take the chance when the chance is there?

Parabens have been used for decades now as the number one preservative. SLI Beauty is proud to offer our clients the paraben free option when creating their private label hair care lines. A safer, cleaner approach to hair care.

For more information on our products and how to start a private label line with SLI Beauty please contact us;

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Ladies & Gentlemen…Sulfates

Sulfates. A word that has created quite the buzz in the hair care industry. The word has become quite heavy for an ingredient that creates those big bubbles everyone loves to gush about. Somewhere in all those big bubbles is the truth and it’s time to wash them away and speak honestly about why they are there and what they do.

SLS, SLES, ALS, what do these all mean? To put it in layman’s terms, Surfactants. These surfactants are put into your shampoos to create the bubbles that we are all told ” clean our hair”. What they don’t tell you about sulfates is the fact that you  are drying out your hair, fading that $200.00 color service you just had done at the salon and some studies show that sulfates are damaging to the immune system. The list doesn’t stop there. Other studies show that sulfates can be damaging to the hair follicle and thus effecting hair growth. Here’s something to think about, SLS is not only in your luxurious shampoo, but your husband just washed your garage floor with it. The same sulfates found in your shampoo are the same sulfates that are used in car degreasers. Those sulfates dissolve the grease on car engines the same way it dissolves the natural oils in your hair. Now you have something to think about.

SLS knows no mercy, they will take whatever you’ve got, including the natural oils that your hair needs to remain healthy. You might now be asking yourself, ” Well if we know all this about sulfates, then why are they being used in my shampoos?”  The answer is simple. Cheap, cheap , cheap.  So what could be recommended is to start buying your shampoos by the gallon, that way you can wash your hair and your car at the same time.

While this seems like a way to cut some costs and time, there is a better way to deal with this dilemma.  There are sulfate free shampoos. SLI Beauty shampoos are completely sulfate free. We don’t think you should have to wash your hair with the same ingredients the car is washed with.

There are many alternative surfactants. One of the more popular being Cocamidopropyl Betaine, this surfactant is derived from coconut oil. Another popular surfactant is Decyl Glucoside which is harvested from corn, potato and wheat. There is a gentler way to wash.

Now is the time to re-educate. While you are not going to have the same big bubbles that you get with sulfates, you can rest assured that you are safe and looking after the health of your hair, as well as, your overall health.

When using a sulfate free shampoo it is recommended to start with a dime sized amount of shampoo and do a light pre-wash followed by a regular shampoo. This will help with creating a lather, which until the mass population understands that the amount of bubbles isn’t what is making their hair clean it might help them feel at ease.

SLI Beauty has a well rounded selection of shampoos that will meet the needs of all hair types. Now SLI Beauty is taking a step further with our Essential Infusions. Contact SLI Beauty to find out more about our shampoos and how you can customize an entire private label line.

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Medium Hold Styling Cream

Power is in the product. Medium Hold Styling Cream is a hair quenching treat. Not only is it an amazing styling product, it has the nourishment of a treatment product.

Infused with Organic Hyssop, a vitamin and nutrient botanical. Rosemary is another nutritious botanical that is used to stimulate and refresh. Also used as a antimicrobial to help keep free radicals away from the scalp. A blend of natural conditioning agents that help keep hair free of tangles and to make hair easy to comb out of style. Silk proteins bind strongly to the surface of the cuticle, which provides moisture and strength to any damaged areas. Jojoba Oil is a plant-derived oil that has very similar biochemistry to sebum, which is is a natural oil the sebaceous glands secret to protect the hair from drying out. Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer for the hair.

This product is great for styling any hair type. Simply massage a small amount through the hair and continue to style. Acting as a medium hold styling cream to provide styles that last with incredible flexibility, meanwhile adding nourishment and repair to the hair.

This is one of the many SLI Beauty products that you can customize. Add your very own custom fragrance or add some Argan oil to take it to the next level of hair care.

SLI Beauty is a completely customizable private label hair care solution, who’s products are Sulfate Free- Paraben Free- Phthalate Free – Salt Free.

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Clarifying Shampoo

When creating private label you want to make sure you have a well rounded line. We recommend a 6-10 sku line. This creates a shelf presence for your line and helps it stand up against the other national brands on your retail shelving.

One of the products that helps create that well rounded product line is the Clarifying Shampoo. This deep cleansing, detoxifying shampoo is a sure winner in any private label line. Help your clients beat the winter blues and products build up with this complete cleansing shampoo.

This luxurious shampoo contains Witch Hazel, which is a natural astringent that detoxifies the hair and scalp. Nettle has also been added to this shampoo, to help stimulate the blood flow to the hair root, which improves the health and strength of the hair. Also helps prevent hair loss and creates a foundation for healthy hair growth. The Clarifying Shampoo is infused with Aloe Vera to provide cell growth and acts as a soothing agent and helps prevent drying of the hair and scalp. Black Walnut is a vitamin and nutrient rich botanical that is used for its emollient moisturizing properties. It is also excellent for keeping the hair and scalp feeling fresh due to its astringent and masking characteristics.

Another natural detoxifier that has been introduced into the Clarifying Shampoo is Orange Oil. The Orange Oil helps keep hair and scalp free from free radicals. It also is used as a smoothing agent for the hair.

This shampoo is recommended to be used 1-2 week depending on the condition of the hair.  Condition as usual. Then for added conditioning use our Vitalizing Tonic to help balance pH of the hair and smooth down the cuticle. Then go ahead and style away.

SLI Beauty hair care products are always Sulfate Free – Paraben Free – Phthalate Free – Salt Free.

For more information on this SLI Beauty product and others, contact us at;

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Argan Oil Treatment

SLI Beauty is completely customizable private label hair care. Our products are Sulfate Free – Paraben Free – Phthalate Free – Salt Free.

We are now offering an Argan Oil Treatment. Brand your own Argan Treatment.

Contact SLI Beauty now for more information.

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SLI Beauty Private Label Hair…Root Lifter Spray

A common problem many women face today is volume. Trying to achieve a natural look of volume can often be difficult. Certain hair products leave your hair crunchy and heavy. Others waxy and greasy. It is very hard to find a product with the proper balance.

SLI Beauty has various volumizing styling products, but one takes ring champion. Root Lifter spray. This delicious spray is a light weight volume product, but a  power house hold and flexibility.

One essential ingredient in Root Lifter spray is Chamomile. Chamomile is used as a soothing agent, no wonder it appears first and foremost in our root spray, since it is being spray onto the root of hair/scalp. This can also help with minor scalp irritations. Another ingredient that might surprise you is corn starch. Corn starch is used as a hold ingredient, the brilliance behind this is that the corn starch does not leave any crunch with its hold power. Also nice to know that you are getting your hold from a natural ingredient. To keep the cuticle smooth and increase the hairs diameter, Panthenol ( also better know as Pro Vitamin B5).Panthenol also helps retain moisture and balance in the hair, a great feature about this ingredient is that it is quickly absorbed into the hair.

If you are thinking about building private label this product is a sure winner amongst your stylists and clientele. SLI Beauty can help you build a Sulfate Free Paraben Free Phthalate Free – Salt Free private label hair care line.

This is just one of the many products that SLI Beauty can offer.

Contact us for more information about this product and all the other products SLI Beauty can help you with.

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Split End Serum

There is one issue that haunts every warm blooded woman.Split Ends. No matter how hard you fight it, it seems to be inevitable.

There are certain steps you can take to avoid split ends. Make sure that you are going to see your stylist for regular trims to remove those frayed ends. Make sure you are using a moisturizing treatment that is going to repair the cuticle and add strength and moisture back into the hair, providing a stronger hair shaft.

However SLI Beauty is a completely customizable private label solution, that has a solution to offer those battling split ends or wanting to keep the strength and elasticity in the hair. The product is called Split End Serum. This miraculous serum repairs the hair shaft up to 70%.

This wonder product contains Rosemary which is used to stimulate the hair follicle causing the hair to grow stronger. It is also believed to speed up hair growth. Another key ingredient is Basil. Basil is used in the Split End Serum is used as a stimulating agent as well. It stimulates the circulation, causing more blood flow to travel to the hair root. Combining the basil and the rosemary causes the hair to have strengthen. Sage is a scalp clarifier, that helps keep scalp clean of any free radicals.

This product can be used in either wet or dry hair. When used in wet hair, you apply the products from roots to ends and then style with heat tools. You can also use this product as a styling product. Apply a small amount in palms and smooth product over ends.

Please remember that all SLI Beauty products are Sulfate Free – Paraben Free – Phthalate Free – Salt Free. SLI Beauty does not test on animals.

Adding this serum treatment to your private label hair care line helps provide your clientele with a solution to manage those split ends between their visits.

For more information on this product and other SLI Beauty products please contact us;

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SLI Beauty introduces Argan Oil Treatment

If you haven’t heard of Argan Oil yet, then listen up! It’s the latest rage, even though it has been used for its beneficial purposes for the past centuries. This Moroccan oil that is grown in Aoulouz  is where certified organic agriculture is grown has become a major player in the hair care and skin care scene.

The way in which the Argan oil is harvested rather interesting. The fruit is picked and the nut is then extracted from the fruit. The nut is  roasted, once the nut has cooled it is ground. Water is added to the ground powder which forms a type of paste. From this paste the Argan Oil is hand extracted.

If you are worried about the Argan trees and the harvesting of Argan oil commercially, try not to be, because as the demand for Argan oil goes up, the number of trees planted goes up.

The benefits of Argan oil on the hair include; restores incredible shine to hair, repairs split ends, strengthens hair, and some even say it helps speed up hair growth. The benefits of Argan Oil does not stop at the hair, it has amazing anti-aging properties and has even been said to help with minor skin irritations such as eczema and psoriasis. This oil is even gentle enough for babies skin. It truly is a remarkable product. It also contains Vitamin E which is used to speed up healing time of scars and acne.

SLI Beauty now introduces an Argan Oil Treatment. Now you can brand your own Argan Oil treatment, include it as a back bar treatment in the salon or retail it to your clientele. The best part is that you can custom fragrance your Argan Oil treatment, so that it reflects you, your salon and the mood you want the treatment to set within your clientele.

SLI Beauty products are sulfate free – phthalate free – paraben free – salt free.  Plus, our minimum orders is only 250 units per SKU. Since this is substantially lower than the industry’s typical 1000-5000 units per SKU, it makes it easy to get started with a complete product line.

For more information on how to get started with SLI Beauty and creating your private label line. Also for more information on SLI Beauty Argan Oil Treatment, contact us;

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