Xanthan gum is a thickener derived from polysaccharides (natural sugar) fermented from non-GMO maize or sugar cane or sugar beet.
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide derived from non GMO fermented corn sweeteners. Often used in the food industry to thicken and stabilize products, it can be added to thicken a cosmetic product.
It is manufactured by fermentation of non-gmo natural carbohydrates including glucose syrup from maize as well as sugar from sugar beet or sugar cane.
Warnings: Pregnant or lactating people, or those with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to using product.
Xanthan gum must be hydrated properly to avoid clumping. Add Xanthan Gum to the water phase of your formula using a high-shear mixer/stick blender. Slowly sprinkle the gum into your water phase while rapidly mixing. You may need to adjust the speed of your mixer as the gum starts to thicken your water phase. This method works best if your water phase is at at least 130F.
Allternatively, Xanthan Gum can be added to Glycerin where it will disperse. This makes it easier to mix into a product and will prevent the formation of "fish eyes" (where it can gather together in tiny visible clumps that reflect light, and are similar to the shape of fish eyes).