Tragacanth Gum


Gum Tragacanth is a natural gum that is obtained from the dried sap of middle eastern legumes that is used for thickening and stabilizing cosmetic formulations.

Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Tragacanth Gum - 1 net oz
Tragacanth Gum - 4 net oz
Tragacanth Gum - 8 net oz
Tragacanth Gum - 1 lb
Tragacanth Gum - 3.5 lbs
Tragacanth Gum - 7 lbs
Tragacanth Gum - Sample
The name “tragacanth” comes from the Green word for goat horns, due to the tendency of the extracted gum to form in ribbons. The gum is obtained from several species of the Astragalus plant, a family of thorny shrubs thriving in semidesert regions. It can be used as an emulisifying agent and thickener for cosmetic formulations, including lotins, creams, and gels. Viscosity of this gum is stable in emuslions and gels from 4-8 but with best stability at both higher and lower end pH of 2. Tragracanth is one of the most acid-resistant gums, however the gum must be fully hydrated before adding the acids.

Method of Extraction
Heated and ground

Ground and sifted

Parts Used

White to tan powder

Practically Odorless 

5-6 (1% solution)


Country of Manufacturing Origin

Country of Botanical Origin
Suggested Use
Gum tragacanth is used for its viscosity and film forming properties in cosmetics for hair fixator creams often in association with other natural gums. Its long shelf life and film-forming properties make it useful in hair lotions, and hand lotions and creams.

Recommended Usage Rate
Overall 0.2 – 3%
  • Gels: 0.8 – 1.5%
  • Stabilize Emulsion: 0.2 – 0.8%
  • Suspension in Gels: 1.5 – 3.0%
  • Suspension in Sprayable Solutions: 0.2 – 0.6%
  • Thickening: 0.5 – 3%

Ingredient Function

How to Store
Cool dry conditions, sealed original package

Shelf Life
Two years from the date of manufacture.

Readily soluble in cold and hot water

Specific Gravity

Melting Point (in both C & F) 

Flash Point (in both C & F)


  • For external use only.  
  • Pregnant or lactating people, or those with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to using this product. 
  • This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
100% Tragacanth Gum

Gum Tragacanth

Warning Statements:

Not for internal consumption. For external use only.

Pregnant or lactating people or those with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to using product.


Please note that our suggested usage instructions are intended to serve as a guide. Due to the unique nature of each ingredient, it is important to always research and consult with a qualified professional as needed, prior to use. Usage guidelines can change and you are responsible for adhering to local regulations. EWL cannot be held responsible for any harm caused due to the misuse of these ingredients.

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