Xanthan Gum is a gum polysaccharide that is obtained from glucose or sucrose by fermenting it with the help of Xanthomas Campestris, a type of bacteria. It is used to thicken emulsions that are formulated for cosmetic applications. Moreover, it possesses stabilizing properties and water-repellent properties, as well.
Also, it is more than 98% pure and is used for manufacturing clear gel. If you intend to increase the viscosity of formulas, you can add Xanthan Gum in small proportions. It comprises mannose, glucose, and glucuronic acid and is available in the white powdered form of white color. It is gluten-free and can be dissolved in both warm and cold water.
Xanthan Gum Benefits
- Acts as Thickener: It is used as a thickener that doesn’t gel and also added to increase the viscosity of emulsions. Moreover, it can replace synthetic preservatives as it can be used as an effective preservative.
- Improve Texture: It enhances the quality of the products and also makes them stable and safe. It does not allow oils to separate from the formulas and can also improve the texture and consistency of cosmetic applications.
- For SkinCare Products: Xanthan gum also proves to be nourishing and moisturizing for your skin. As a result, it proves to be an effective cosmetic ingredient in skincare products as well.
- Enhance Foaming Properties: Xanthan Gum is safe, organic, and can be used by vegans as well. It has lubricating properties and can also be utilized for suspending solids in pigments. It is also sometimes added in surfactant systems to increase their foaming properties and enhance these systems' volume.
How to Use Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum is first dissolved in warm water by sprinkling it slowly on water and stirring it at high speed consistently. After that, propylene or butylene glycol is added when the emulsion is in the water phase so that three parts of glycol are added in one part of the gum. Sodium chloride (0.5%) is added to enhance its thickening property. The recommended use level is between 0.5 and 2%.
- Applications: Conditioners, lotions, body washes, shampoos, creams, shower gels, and other skin care and hair care products contain Xanthan Gum.
- Raw Material Source: Bacterium Xanthomonas Campestris
- Manufacturing Process: It is manufactured from Xanthomonas Campestris, a type of bacteria, by using carbohydrate solution. The polymer of xanthan is then obtained through a process called precipitation where Isopropyl alcohol is used. After that, the obtained precipitate is milled and dried to obtain the powdered form of Xanthan Gum.
- Tested on Animals: No
- CAS Number: 11138-66-2
- INCI Name: Xanthan Gum
- GMO: It does not contain any GMOs as it is free from plant-derived components.
- Vegans: Vegans may use this product as it does not contain any ingredients that are obtained from animals.
Note: It is only meant for external use.