October 15, 2020 2 min read 4 Comments

We put the fun in fungus, amirite? Okay maybe fun isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about our (sometimes furry) fungi friends, but fungus actually finds its way into some of your favourite natural beauty products.

Sclerotium Rolfsii — say what?

This soil-fungi is responsible for something called tomato rotting disease. It was first described to an Italian mycologist in 1911, and thought to be responsible for the tomato blight in Florida in 1892. 

Image of woman applying natural eye cream from rocky mountain soap company.

What is Does

You’ll find this nifty natural ingredient listed as “Sclerotium Gum” in some of your favourite Rocky products like Day Cream, Eye Cream and Omega 3 Hand Cream, but what does it do? This fungi-derived buddy is actually an alternative to synthetic petroleum-based gelling agents that you may find in other products (we never use petroleum-derived ingredients).  DYK: Our Omega 3 Hand Cream is made with local Alberta Flax Seed Oil from Highwood Crossing farm. This natural biopolymer thickens those awesome creams and acts as a stabilizer, naturally. Sclerotium Gum also gives a unique and smooth feel to that Day Cream, Eye Cream or Hand Cream.   

Image of natural face cream from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

 

Chito-who?

Chitosan! No, it’s not a new low-carb diet. Chitosan is a non-drying agent, and a fancy word for a type of long chain carbohydrates. It has historically been made from crustaceans but we don’t believe in harming animals at Rocky, which is why our Chitosan comes from Mushrooms (yum). 

 

Looking for a Mushroom and Rosemary Rocky ingredient-inspired recipe for the holidays? Check out our Vegan Mushroom Wellington recipe.

Image of natural hand sanitizer.

What it Does

Our Nomad Hand Sanitizer contains mushroom-derived Chitosan that works as a non-drying agent in this cleansing gel. This biopolymer is used for a bunch of different things and finds uses in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, including for topical antibacterial, antifungal, and wound-healing salves. It also has uses in the agricultural industry, in hydrology to aid in filtration, bioprinting, the weight loss industry and even winemaking.

Which of these fungi-powered goodies are your favourite?

 


4 Responses

Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Rocky Mountain Soap Company

October 19, 2020

Hi @Kathleen thank you so much for reaching out.

The recalled hand sanitizer is only a certain set of batches that were produced between April and June, which included a diluted amount of technical grade hand sanitizer, which Health Canada had approved to manufacture hand sanitizer products. They’ve recently advised us that any hand sanitizer that includes this type of alcohol now requires special labeling. The labeling on these batches doesn’t meet their requirements which is why it’s now being recalled. The batch numbers are listed on our website on our hand sanitizer recall page, which is on our homepage right now, and link to from the hand sanitizer product page, if you would like to learn more or check your batch numbers. We would post the link for you here, but unfortunately, we’re unable to post links in our comments section. Thanks again for reaching out!

Kathleen Furman
Kathleen Furman

October 19, 2020

Disappointed that Health Canada has put a recall on Rockey Mountain Nomad Hand Sanitizer.
What is the reason and should you still be selling this product?

Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Rocky Mountain Soap Company

October 16, 2020

Aw, @LORIE THOMAS thank you! We’re so happy you’re part of the community. :)

Lorie Thomas
Lorie Thomas

October 16, 2020

Already pretty much my favorite skin care company on the planet and now you reveal your amazing shroom love & innovation…OMG how AWESOME can one company be ???? Mushrooms will save the Humans !!!

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