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Mushroom

 

Mushroom derived ingredients in beauty products include: 

Sclerotium Gum

What is Sclerotium gum and where does it come from?

Sclerotium gum is a naturally derived powder that is found in fermented sclerotium mushrooms. The fermentation process produces a stringy, sugary texture. 

How is sclerotium gum used in natural beauty products?

Using sclerotium gum is a pure way to add texture to natural skincare products and it is often used as a thickening agent, as well as a stabilising ingredient. Sclerotium gum helps to make product spreadable as well as create a soft, supple feeling on the skin. 

What products will you find sclerotium gum in?

Because of its thickening and spreadability properties you'll find sclerotium gum in gel and cream based products including face creams, bath products and natural face masks. It's a particularly useful ingredient for helping to spread product over delicate skin, like the eye area. 

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Sources
Winter, Ruth, M.S., A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients 7th Edition. Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale.  
https://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/UltraPureGel/1264
Milady Skincare and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary 4th Edition; M. Varinia Michalun, Joseph C. Dinardo
An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical ingredients for retaining and enhancing beauty L'Officine Universelle Buly
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