Arrowroot Powder/ Starch
|What is it?||
Arrowroot starch (also called arrowroot powder) is a powdery product extracted from the roots of the arrowroot plant (Maranta Arundinaceae). Arrowroot starch (or arrowroot powder) is a fine, starchy powder.
It is a wonderful replacement for talc or kaolin clay in many cosmetic and skincare formulations. It imparts a silky texture to formulations, similar to cyclomethicone. Arrowroot Powder is all natural, and is great for talc-free baby powders, natural deodorants, foot powders and bath fizzies!
|INCI||Maranta Arundinacea Root|
|Appearance||Fine white powder|
Up to 100%
Measure by weight and mix with other dry ingredients in formula.
Body powders, makeup powders, deodorants, athlete's foot products, anti-irritant skin care products, creams, lotions, eye cosmetics, hair care products.
|Texture||Soft and silky|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||In anhydrous products it helps reduce the greasy/oily skin feel, and in higher concentrations it can give the entire product a powdery, dry-touch finish and contribute to thickening.
In powdered cosmetics it acts as a diluent and improves slip.
It can also be used in dusting powders, or even used as-is for a dusting powder.
|Strengths||Ultra silky, inexpensive ingredient.|
|Alternatives & Substitutions||Other starches like corn and wheat work well in its place.|
|How to Work with It||Include it in the heated or cool down phase, or the grinding phase of powdered products.|
|Storage & Shelf Life||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, arrowroot starch should last up to three years.|