Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate


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Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself. In the U.S. approximately 20% of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.

Function(s): Hair Conditioning Agent; Preservative

Other names: Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) -, Monosodium Salt; Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) -, Sodium Salt; Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) -. Monosodium Salt; Hydroxymethylaminoacetic Acid, Sodium Salt; N- (Hydroxymethyl) - Sodium Salt Glycine; N- (Hydroxymethyl) -. Monosodium Salt Glycine; N- (Hydroxymethyl) Glycine, Sodium Salt; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Sodium N- (Hydroxymethyl) Glycinate; Sodium Salt Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) -; Sodium Salt N- (Hydroxymethyl) Glycine

Source:  EWG

Source: EWG

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