Natural and vegan thickeners or polymers

  • April 14, 2022
  • 4 minutes of read time

Natural and vegan thickeners or polymers

Increasingly informed consumers want natural, non-toxic products, so naturalness and safety is a key issue in new product development. The demand for natural and highly effective formulations is increasing, but at the same time it is often more challenging to formulate with natural ingredients than with synthetic ones. 

Seppic offers two multifunctional, high-performance and natural polymers that allow you to develop both technically and sensory sophisticated, natural cosmetic compliant formulations.

Our natural 2-in-1 polymer: a smart combination of Xanthan Gum and Acacia senegal Gum.

Acacia Gum is an everyday multifunctional ingredient that is widely used for human consumption. Acacia is recommended for high cholesterol, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and obesity, or as a prebiotic to promote "good" bacteria in the gut. Acacia Gum is also used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medicines for throat and stomach infections. In cosmetics, Acacia is used as a film former; applied to the skin, Acacia Gum has the property of reducing inflammatory reactions (such as redness). When applied topically, this raw material is also used to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis. It is thus a safe natural polymer which, like Xanthan Gum, is used in the food sector. 

In our 2-in-1 polymer, the Xanthan Gum is coated with acacia gum during the manufacturing process through an innovative co-method using spray drying. This coating of Acacia Gum enhances the power and performance of the polymer: the ratio of Acacia Senegal Gum and Xanthan Gum in SOLAGUM™ AX has been optimised to provide an excellent balance between performance and sensory properties, enabling the formulation of all types of cosmetic galenics.

The natural 2-in-1 polymer: SOLAGUM™ AX

The natural 2-in-1 polymer: SOLAGUM™ AX

SOLAGUM™ AX offers better stabilisation than Xanthan Gum and can emulsify up to 15% oil phase, for example. It is also electrolyte resistant and offers excellent compatibility with cosmetic ingredients such as solvents, pigments (make-up applications) or organic and mineral filters (sunscreen formulations). It can be used over a wide pH range (3-12) and disperses much faster in water than Xanthan Gum, allowing for sustainable low temperature processes. 

When it comes to sensory properties, SOLAGUM™ AX offers a better sensory profile than Xanthan Gum as it allows for non-sticky & non-threading textures with a freshness effect. Thanks to the presence of Acacia Gum, a natural film-forming agent, SOLAGUM™ AX is easy to apply and forms a soft, honeycomb film for a noticeable film-forming effect that can also increase the water resistance of the formulation. In doing so, SOLAGUM™ AX shows moisturising properties of up to 24% after a single application and over a period of up to 8 hours. 

SOLAGUM™ AX is a safe and skin-friendly polymer that can also be used for intimate or oral care.  It is readily biodegradable and Cosmos, Natrue and Halal certified as well as vegan-suitable and China listed.

Discover SOLAGUM™ AX - an elegant and multifunctional natural polymer

Here are a few formulation inspirations:

Natural Sprayable Mist

Natural Cream-Gel Serum

Natural deodorant

Elegant, natural thickening thanks to Tara (Caesalpina spinosa) Gum

Tara Gum, also called Peruvian Carob Gum, is made from the ground seeds of the Tara bush (Caesalpina spinosa) and is used as a thickener in the food sector. Tara Gum is also an elegant thickener for cosmetic products and we offer it as SOLAGUM™ TARA.

Elegant, natural thickening thanks to SOLAGUM™ TARA

Elegant, natural thickening thanks to SOLAGUM™ TARA 

SOLAGUM™ TARA offers optimized performance to increase viscosity and is the polymer of choice for medium to thick consistencies while providing very nice sensory effects with a velvety skin feel. In aqueous gels, the viscosity is up to 5x higher compared to xanthan gum. Due to its non-ionic structure, it shows very good compatibility with anionic and cationic ingredients for a wide range of applications, such as hair care or hygiene in addition to skin care. It can be used in all types of formulations thanks to its very good electrolyte resistance and wide pH range of 3-12.

SOLAGUM™ TARA is a safe, very skin-friendly polymer that you can also use in oral care. It is readily biodegradable and Cosmos, Natrue and Halal certified as well as vegan-suitable and China listed.

SOLAGUM™ TARA, dare the sensual experience

Here are a few formulation inspirations:

Natural Hair Conditioner

Natural based lotion

Use synergistic effects

Both natural polymers are wonderfully suited to exploit synergistic effects. For example, the combination of SOLAGUM™ TARA with SOLAGUM™ AX significantly increases viscosity and stability in aqueous and creamy gels, while also improving sensory properties. 

The range of textures can be further extended with our natural emulsifiers such as MONTANOV™, FLUIDIFEEL™ EASY or FLUIDANOV™ 20X. 

Thus, a variety of natural formulations are possible, as in the following examples :

 Formulation Cosmos Geltrap™

Cosmos Lotion

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in detailed product presentations and/or samples.