Sodium Chloride

EWG level: 1

This is an inorganic salt (also called table salt). Sodium Chloride, or table salt, is a white crystalline solid. Sodium Chloride occurs naturally in seawater and as the mineral halite. Sodium Chloride is essential to biological organisms and is found in most tissues and body fluids. The sodium and chlorine elements of Sodium Chloride play a diverse and important role in many physiological processes, including the transport of nutrients and waste, nervous system functions, and water and electrolyte balance. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sodium Chloride is used in the formulation of oral hygiene products, shampoos, fragrance, skin, hair, nail, cleansing, suntan, makeup and bath products. Sodium Chloride polishes the teeth, reduces oral odor, or otherwise cleanses or deodorizes the teeth and mouth. Sodium Chloride also imparts a flavor or a taste to a product. It can also increase the thickness of the aqueous (water) portion of cosmetics and personal care products.
Its functions are: Flavoring Agent; Oral Care Agent; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous

Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food (FDA Food Additive Status)
No Ecological Concerns, “Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful and a low human health priority” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)

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