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Sodium Chloride

Also-called-like-this: Salt
What-it-does: viscosity controlling

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Sodium chloride is the fancy name of salt. Normal, everyday table salt

If (similar to us) you are in the weird habit of reading the label on your shower gel while taking a shower, you might have noticed that sodium chloride is almost always on the ingredient list. The reason for this is that salt acts as a fantastic thickener in cleansing formulas created with ionic cleansing agents (aka surfactants) such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. A couple of percents (typically 1-3%) turns a runny surfactant solution into a nice gel texture.

If you are into chemistry (if not, we understand, just skip this paragraph), the reason is that electrolytes (you know, the Na+ and Cl- ions) screen the electrostatic repulsion between the head groups of ionic surfactants and thus support the formation of long shaped micelles (instead of spherical ones) that entangle like spaghetti, and viola, a gel is formed. However, too much of it causes the phenomenon called "salting out", and the surfactant solution goes runny again. 

Other than that, salt also works as an emulsion stabilizer in water-in-oil emulsions, that is when water droplets are dispersed in the outer oil (or silicone) phase. And last but not least, when salt is right at the first spot of the ingredient list (and is not dissolved), the product is usually a body scrub where salt is the physical exfoliating agent

Products with Sodium Chloride

Goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub MAULI RITUALS Reawaken Himalayan Hand & Body Scrub OLEHENRIKSEN Rub N’ Buff™ Transforming Salt Scrub The Beauty Hacks Body Scrub Rice Bioderma Matricium Ethique Eco-Friendly Face Cleansing Bar, In Your Face La Roche-Posay Serozinc Rodan + Fields Microdermabrasion Paste Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish This Works Perfect Legs 100% Natural Scrub Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash Dr. Loretta Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser Etude House Lip & Eye Remover ISANA med Waschlotion Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo Neutrogena Shampoo, Anti-Residue Formula Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser SauberKunst Winterapfel Shampoo Atopalm Real Barrier Control T Cleansing Foam Aveda Color Conserve™ Shampoo Fizz & Bubble Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Large Bath Fizzy Fizz & Bubble Unicorn Swirl Shimmer Large Bath Fizzy Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo Lancôme Bi-Facil MINISO Grapefruit Refreshing Cleansing Oil Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Shampoo Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo Noughty Pumped Up Shampoo Simple Refreshing Facial Gel Wash Superdrug Hydrate & Shine Conditioning Masque With Coconut Water The Face Shop Mango Seed Lip & Eye Makeup Remover Yes To Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser Yes To Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser Bioeffect 30 Day Treatment Bioeffect EGF Serum Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Face Cleanser Boots Expert Normal Foaming Face Wash + Nourishing Avocado Oil Childs Farm Hair & Body Wash Clinique Facial Soap Mild Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash Elishacoy Ice Herb Whitening Water Drop Essence Eucerin Dermopure Cleansing Gel Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Gel Wash