Xanthan Gum problem?

Hi guys,
I got a little "visual" problem. After adding 1% Xanthan Gum to my stuff and mixing, it produces some weird trails. There is no oil in the mixture. Does anyone know why it happens? And how could I remove the trails, except from not using xanthan.


  • Looks like your Xanthan isn't fully hydrated yet.  You might want to try premixing it in glycerin before adding, or adding in the beginning and allow it to fully hydrate. 
  • I tried doing it with glycerin before, same result, I will let it fully hydrate next time then, does temperature matter in this case? Should I mix it with warmer substances or cold ones are good to go?
    Thanks for help
  • I had same problem like that
    here what I do: put xanthan gum onto oil phase and heat to 70C
    will take care the problem.

  • Thanks for advice
  • Xanthan gum is known for this stringy nature. It happens more or less, supposedly depending on grade. 
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    1% is also in the high range.
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  • I used in mine is 0.5%
    It thickens the water soluble ingredients 
    I also used cetyl alcohol for thickening oils phase ingredients 

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