What is it? A natural gum made from the fermentation of sugar.
INCI Xanthan Gum
Appearance Fine off-white granular powder.
Usage rate 0.1–2%
Texture Once hydrated it creates slick, slimy gels.
Scent Nothing strong
pH 6–8
Charge Anionic
Solubility Water
Why do we use it in recipes? In gels xanthan gum creates the body of the gel. In emulsions it can be used to stabilize and thicken.
Do you need it? No
Strengths Effective natural gelling agent and thickener.
Weaknesses Unappealing consistency, poor leave-on skin feel to some people.
Alternatives & Substitutions Consider guar gum or hydroxyethylcellulose.
How to Work with It Pre-disperse it in glycerin or oil before combining it with water to fully hydrate.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry,
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks The inclusion of xanthan gum in emulsions can amplify the soaping effect.
Recommended starter amount 30g (1oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Xanthan Gum

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