EWG level: 1
This is an a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria also it is used as a viscosity agent in personal care products and foods. Xanthan Gum and Biosaccharide Gum-1 are both very large molecules with average molecular weights of 1,000,000 or more. Xanthan Gum dissolves readily in water with stirring, resulting in highly viscous solutions at low concentrations. Xanthan Gum and Biosaccharide Gum-1 are used in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, makeup, skin and hair care products, and toothpaste
Its functions are: Binder; Emulsion Stabilizer; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Miscellaneous; Surfactant -Emulsifying Agent; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous; Emulsion Staolosing; Gel Forming; Skin Conditioning; Viscosity Controlling
No ecological concerns, “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food (FDA Food Additive Status)
Not suspected to be an environmental toxin.