Xanthan gum is a very common ingredients in food, cosmetics and other products. It is most commonly used as a safe natural thickener and helps with the texture of food and products.
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, which sounds scary, but it is a type of sugar made from bacteria. Xanthomonas campestris is a bacteria that infects plants such as cabbage, cauliflower and other plants in the cruciferous family. Xanthan gum itself however does not contain any bacteria, instead it is a product of the bacteria. No need to worry, there is no chance of any bacteria or infection.
The product is from the secretions of the bacteria. These sugars are then dried and powdered to be used in foods, cosmetics and medicines. Studies have shown that this ingredient is safe and natural for you and your family.
At Rocky Mountain Soap Company we use xanthan gum in our sunscreen and wellness balms.