Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide made by the bacteria Xanthomonas camprestris. When this bacteria is placed into a culture containing carbohydrates, the fermentation process begins, and Xanthan Gum is produced as a by-product. Once Xanthan gum is formed, it's isolated, dried and processed into a fine powder. Carbohydrates used to make Xanthan Gum usually come from soy, wheat or corn.
Xanthan Gum Clear is a cosmetic grade Xanthan Gum which has been especially fermented for the demands of Cosmetic production, giving it a lower micron count (80), which leads to clearer formulations and better stability than standard Xanath gum. The gum forms a clear thickener which can be used in products without adding colour. The Xanthan gum is especially suited to Cosmetic use as the thickening is stable and temperature resistant.
The special formulation thickens with ease and blends well with other surfactants, emulsifiers, essential oils, fragrances, colourings and helps suspend particles. The particle suspension ability, makes Xanthan Gum especially useful for exfoliant formulations.
Xanthan gum is usually used between 0.1% and 0.5%.
Xanthan gum can be dispersed into water and must be blended by creating a Vortex in the water then gently sprinkling the Xanthan Gum into the water. The easiest and most effective option however is to blend Xanthan Gum into Glycerin, where it will make a paste that can easily be dispersed into water. Xanthan Gum should be added to cream based formulations to the water component and is resistant to heat, so can then be heated and combined with oil.
Xanthan Gum will continue to thicken over the following days after manufacture. The final thickness of the Xanthan Gum based product will be heavily influenced by the amount of shear that the product has been subject to in manufacture. The greater the shear the thinner the final consistency will be.
Xanthan Gum Clear is especially formulated for the demands of Cosmetic production and is not intended for internal use.
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