Xanthan gum is a versatile ingredient that can be used in both DIY cleaners and beauty products for its thickening, stabilizing, and emulsifying properties. Here's how to incorporate xanthan gum into your formulations:
IN DIY CLEANERS
Xanthan gum can be used to thicken liquid cleaners, giving them a more gel-like consistency. This is particularly useful for toilet bowl cleaners, surface sprays, or any other cleaning products where a thicker texture is desired.
If you're making a cleaner with particles that tend to settle at the bottom, such as abrasive powders, xanthan gum can help suspend these particles evenly throughout the solution.
Mix xanthan gum with water and other cleaning ingredients to create a sprayable gel. This type of formulation clings better to vertical surfaces, providing better contact time for effective cleaning.
Xanthan gum ensures that the ingredients in your cleaner remain well-mixed and don't separate over time.
IN DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Xanthan gum can be used to emulsify oil and water-based ingredients in beauty products like lotions, creams, and serums. It helps create stable formulations that don't separate.
Like its function in cleaners, xanthan gum can thicken beauty products, providing a rich and desirable texture.
In water-based products like hydrating mists, xanthan gum can help enhance the moisture-retaining properties of the formulation.
Xanthan gum can stabilize formulations with different ingredients that might otherwise separate, such as suspending exfoliants in masks or serums.
For products like masks or exfoliators, xanthan gum can improve the texture, making them easier to apply and providing a smoother feel on the skin.
How to thicken water-based cleaning products or make a gel
Glycerine and xanthan gum marry together perfectly as thickeners, turning the powder xanthan gum into a gel-like substance so mixes evenly in the water clump free (just like a roux when making a sauce)
- Generally, to thicken 500ml of a water-based product mix ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum with 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine before adding to your solution.
Always start off with a small amount first, then you can always add more until you get the desired consistency. If you went too far, just add more water to thin it.