Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Guar gum + xanthan gum as a suspension agent?

  • Guar gum + xanthan gum as a suspension agent?

    Posted by suswang8 on February 22, 2023 at 11:10 am

    For the following hair conditioner…..


    Ingredient list: *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Aqua, *Coconut Oil, *Camelina Oil, *Meadowfoam Seed Oil, *Olive Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Shea Butter, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Rosemary leaf, *Calendula, *Nettle, *Catnip, *Alfalfa, *Rose Hips, *Flax, *Linden flowers, *Peppermint, *Dandelion, *Burdock, *Horsetail, *Sage, *Chamomile, *Ginseng, *Oregano, *Thyme, *Lavender, *Goldenseal, *Cinnamon, *Cayenne, *Guar Gum, §Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate,*Vinegar, †Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, †Rose Essential oil, †Rosemary Essential Oil, †Orange Essential Oil.

    I emailed them to ask what was the emulsifier here, as the ingredient list looked a bit suspect, and they said, “We have developed a proprietary physical emulsification method, that, along with the Xanthan and Guar gums, allows our shampoos and conditioners to achieve their smooth, silky consistency.”


    Notachemist replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • ketchito

    February 22, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    They have catnip in that product 😅…ok, to your question, I believe they are just suspending oils using the thickening synergy between guar and xanthan gum. That’s a method as old as corrupt politicians.

  • Abdullah

    February 22, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    In the blend only xanthan gum has suspension powder. Synergy is only for viscosity @ ratio 8:2 guar: xanthan. If they are using high amount of gum it may not be pleasant for hair.

  • fareloz

    February 23, 2023 at 3:56 am

    I like how they marked Xanthan Gum as “sourced from non-GMO plant”. Does it mean everything else is from GMO-plants?))))

  • Notachemist

    July 4, 2023 at 1:09 am

    Can those gums be used for a toothpaste?

    I want to make a toothpaste with oil cinnamon and cayenne. But the powders just settle if it’s too much oil but if it’s not enought it doesn’t flow…any ideas

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