Guar Gum 100g
Guar gum is a polysaccharide that acts as a thickener, emulsifier, and stabilizer in cosmetic formulations. … A couple of recipes use guar gum and xanthan gum together to increase the viscosity of lotions and creams, Guar gum acts as a stabilizer and prevents most solid particles from settling in finished products.
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Guar gum has 8 times the water-thickening potency of cornstarch, only a small amount is needed to increase the viscosity of a product (.5%-1%). It is slowly added to cool, warm or hot water to increase the viscosity.
GUAR GUM SOLUBILITY
To add Guar Gum to cosmetics formulations, it must first be hydrated with water of any temperature (cool, room temperature, warm, hot). Begin by churning water with a high-shear mixer and pouring the gum in slowly until it is fully incorporated into the vortex. After it is fully hydrated and viscous, it can then be added to the recipe in its water phase. Alternatively, it may be added to the recipe after all the phases have been combined. The final product should ideally have a pH level between 5.0 and 9.0.
The unique characteristic of guar gum, when compared to other thickeners, is that guar gum does not require heat to thicken an aqueous solution. Precaution should be taken of not using Guar gum in recipes containing calcium or borax.
Guar gum is considered an acceptable alternative for gelatin and is vegan.
Use in cosmetics, soaps, among others
- Guar gum is used in soaps to help achieve better emulsions and as a whitening agent.
- Guar gum is used in lotion, cream, and ointment recipes as an emulsifier, thickener, and stabilizer. The suggested rate of usage in a recipe is .5%-2%.
- Guar gum is used in shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap recipes to increase viscosity and to allow solid particles to be suspended in the product.
- Guar gum can be used in natural toothpaste recipes.
Food-grade gum is considered the best thickening, stabilizing, and emulsifying additive and its ability to suspend solids, control the viscosity of aqueous solutions, bind water via hydrogen, and form strong films are just a few of its uses.
Guar Gum Powder used in Face masks help to nourish, cleanse and increase elasticity. Guar gum has excellent conditioning properties, it contributes towards hair and skin softness and assists in hair detangling.
Guar gum powder is extensively used in the manufacture of toothpaste. It ensures that the paste is extruded from the tube without any pressure.
In homemade natural deodorants, A mixture of guar gum and aloe -vera gel along with essential oils can give you a non-toxic, effective deodorant.