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Sodium gluconate    (aka Gluconic acid sodium salt)
Fermented glucose (glucose is a sugar). This is a white to yellowish powder that's used as a chelating agent (binds with metals so they can be rinsed away) and as a skin conditioner [Gottschalck pg 2525, Winter page 475]. This is often used in food as an emulsifier (keeps products from separating), a dietary supplement, or to keep tomatoes and apple slices firm. Odorless and tasteless. The Environmental Safety Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database lists this as a "skin conditioner", and that it's considered safe in low concentrations. Winter says it also appears in metal cleaners, paint strippers and rust removers, along with being used in conditioners and facial moisturizers [ Winter pg 468].— I'm going to put this as a caution. Winter says it's shown to have systemic effects in high doses (I'm sure this is with ingestion, which you (hopefully) will not do with shampoos), but that the FDA considers it okay for use as a food sequestrant (preservative, and to prevent unwanted reactions with metals in shampoos)--which may be the cheleating that Gottschalck referenced. I'm still putting this as a caution because of how it's used in metal cleaners and rust strippers and such (however, it may be in those products as a cheleating agent or preservative), so I'm thinking as long as it's in small amounts in a product, it should be okay. But I'm not 100% sure, so I'm leaving it as a caution, and giving you what I found out so you can decide if you're okay with it in your product.—T
Source(s): Winter Gottschalck http://www.codexalimentarius.net/gsfaonline/additives/details.html?id=286 http://food.oregonstate.edu/glossary/g/gluconate.html http://www.answers.com/topic/sodium-gluconate http://www.codexalimentarius.net/gsfaonline/additives/details.html?id=286 http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=706067¬hanks=1


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