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Calcium chloride

(\ˈkal-sē-əm\ \ˈklȯr-ˌīd\) Naturally Derived
What it is: 

Calcium chloride is a naturally occurring salt derived from limestone. It is a white solid and can also be produced synthetically.[1] It is solid at room temperature and dissolves in water.[2,3]

What it does in our products: 

Calcium chloride is often used as a nutrient supplement, stabilizer, thickener, and texturizer in food; it is frequently found in baked goods, dairy products, beverages, juices, coffee, tea, condiments, jellies, meat products and other products.[4] It can help replenish calcium and can be an antidote for magnesium poisoning.[5] Calcium chloride is also a pH adjuster/water softener, which makes it commonly used as a brine in refrigeration plants, as well as a tool for ice and dust control on roads. It absorbs moisture from the air, and when it’s added to liquids it absorbs water. For this reason, it is a drying agent. Calcium chloride is present in dozens of personal care products, including bath oils, deodorant, sunscreen, conditioner and makeup.[6,7]

Which products include this ingredient?
Natural Laundry Detergent
Natural Laundry Detergent
Natural Stain Remover
Natural Stain Remover
How it's made: 

Calcium chloride occurs naturally in limestone; its production is primarily a reaction of limestone with hydrochloric acid.[8] But it is often commercially produced as a byproduct in the ammonia-soda process (called the Solvay process).[9] It can also be made by substitution reactions with other calcium and chloride salts, and in the United States it can be made by concentrating and purifying brines from salt lakes and salt deposits.[10,11]

Why we use it: 

We use calcium chloride in several of our products as a pH adjuster/water softener. The FDA has deemed the ingredient Generally Recognized as Safe, and Whole Foods also considers the ingredient acceptable as a supplement.[12,13] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[14,15] Research shows that the ingredient is not a skin irritant in low concentrations.[16,17,18]