Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - Emulsifiers and Thickeners
Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - PurensoSelect
Guar Gum - Emulsifiers and Thickeners

Guar Gum

Size 100g
What is it? Guar Gum, known by various names including Goma Guar, Gauran Goma Guar, and Gomme Guar, is a natural fiber derived from the Indian Cyamopsis tetragonolobus botanical, better known as the Guar Plant. Guar Gum is a thickening gum extracted from the guar bean.
INCI Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum
Appearance Fine beige powder.
Usage rate <2%
Texture When hydrated it creates slippery, rather snotty gels.
Scent Nothing noticeable
pH 5.5 - 7 (1% solution)
Charge Non-ionic
Solubility Water
Why do we use it in formulations? Guar gum is used to thicken water-based products. It can be used as the sole gelling/thickening agent in products like gels or body washes, or can be incorporated at lower amounts (typically 0.5% or less) to thicken and stabilize emulsions.
Strengths Inexpensive, natural, vegan thickening agent.
Alternatives & Substitutions We prefer hydroxyethylcellulose, but xanthan gum can also work.
How to Work with It Whisk the guar gum into something from your formula other than water to create a slurry; glycerine is a good choice, or a liquid oil. This allows us to distribute the gum without it starting to hydrate, which will cause it to clump and create “fish eyes” in our product. Once the gum has been thoroughly dispersed in the non-water medium you can start to slowly incorporate the water. Gentle heating will speed the thickening process, but it is not necessary.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks One can also purchase cationic guar (Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride). This is not the same ingredient and they are not interchangeable.
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