Carrageenan is a natural thickening agent commonly used in skin care products
Origin: This product is naturally derived from Red Seaweeds of the family Solieriaceae
Appearance: Yellowish to white powder
Odour: Almost odourless
To Form A Gel: Carrageenan will swell in water. Heating that water decreases the time taken for the Carrageenan to fully swell but the gum will still eventually swell in cold water. We recommend using heat - 60-80C to ensure a fast and efficient gum hydration or a cold mix with a high shear mixer (i.e a mechanical mixer, not mixing by hand).
Carrageenan Type: Iota - Great for soft, elastic gels (the other common cosmetic type is Lambda which won't gel but does thicken and can be used in cold process).
Benefits: It is a naturally derived thickening agent that imparts a soft, silky feel to skin and hair care products. The feel can turn a little slimy if you add too much so start with around 0.4% and see how that feels. A great thickener for serums as the extract its self is highly moisturising. This is also able to form crystal clear solutions.
Recommendations: Use up to 2%
Applications: Use as a thickening agent in creams and gels. This Carrageenan also has some suspending power so can be used in exfoliating gel cleansers.
Cautions: Acids can break down the structure of this thickener. Once gelled it is more acid stable.
New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. does not supply food grade raw materials and therefore cannot waive GST.
Prior to use: Customers should always refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet / Specification Sheet OR the ingredients label as affixed to each product which are current at the time of supply of the product.
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