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Xanthan gum is an anionic, high molecular weight polysaccharide, which is used as a stabilizer and viscosity modifier in aqueous based systems. Xanthan gum solutions are pseudoplastic, i.e. they show shear thinning flow behavior. This pseudoplasticity imparts a smooth texture to the final product and provides a pleasant application. Xanthan gum is soluble in cold and hot water and shows a high degree of viscosity even in low concentrations. Even at low concentrations xanthan gum solutions show a high degree of viscosity which is not affected by temperature and pH variations.
Xanthan gum is a natural product which is non-toxic and non-irritating. It can be used in combination with other thickeners and stabilizers to improve texture, flow behavior, stability and appearance. All these properties make xanthan gum a very effective thickening and stabilizing agent for hand sanitizers.
Jungbunzlauer xanthan gum CS-PC is a clear solution grade that is ideal for transparent or very clear products. It can be used for a wide range of personal care applications, where it provides various advantageous properties. Xanthan gum exhibits superior shear-thinning behavior compared to any other commercial hydrocolloid. Major advantages of xanthan gum is that it improves texture, gives a pleasant skin feel to the product, while stabilizing suspensions, emulsions and foams. It is compatible and stable in solutions with a high salt concentration, yet is also stable in acid or alkaline solutions and is resistant to enzymatic degradation. In addition Jungbunzlauer xanthan gum CS-PC is free of enzymatic activities such as amylases and cellulases, making it compatible in combinations with starch and celluloses.
Jungbunzlauer offers xanthan gum CS-PC in two particle sizes: Xanthan Gum FNCS-PC (normal, 80 mesh) and Xanthan Gum FFCS-PC (fine, 200 mesh)
For transparent personal care applications that require reduced shear-thinning properties Jungbunzlauer recommends using our type with reduced pseudoplasticity FNCSP-PC or FFCSP-PC.
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