What is it?
Sodium chloride is simply purified salt from the earth. It is found naturally in large amounts in sea water.
What does it do?
Sodium chloride is used in some of our cleansing products as a thickener, as it enhances product consistency.
How is it made?
Sodium chloride is collected from natural brine such as sea water. The salt is distilled, evaporated and filtered to become 97.5% pure food grade sodium chloride, as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
What are the alternatives?
We use sodium chloride that is prepared without any additives. There are a variety of other natural alternatives, such as magnesium chloride. Carbomer is used as a synthetic thickener, but it does not meet our Stewardship Model standards for natural, responsible and sustainable.
Is this the right option for me?
Sodium chloride occurs naturally in seawater and as the mineral halite, and is an essential constituent of biological organisms. It is found in most tissues and body fluids and plays an important role in many physiological processes, such as transport of nutrients and waste, nervous system functions, and water and electrolyte balance. It is also considered to be GRAS by the US FDA.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.