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.
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.
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.
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.
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