Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum


Texture enhancer

Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum at a glance

  • A natural thickening agent and viscosity-enhancing ingredient that helps improve formulary textures
  • Known for providing a non-sticky, soft, velvety after-feel
  • Can also lend hydrating properties
  • Obtained by grinding the endosperm of seeds of the Caesalpinia spinosa tree

Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum description

_Caesalpinia spinosa_ gum (sometimes also referred to as “tara gum” or “Peruvian carob”) is a natural thickening agent and viscosity-enhancing ingredient that helps improve formulary textures. It is obtained by grinding the endosperm of seeds of the _Caesalpinia spinosa_ tree, native to South America. _Caesalpinia spinosa_ gum is also categorized as a polysaccharide (complex sugar) that is hydrating for skin. Cosmetic suppliers of this ingredient tout its ability to provide a “non-sticky, non-stringy, and smooth feel to formulations.” It is also described as providing a soft, velvety after-feel. Suppliers suggest ideal concentration levels ranging between 0.1 to 2%. As a raw material, it’s an odourless, white powder that is water soluble and noted for its wide compatibility with other ingredients. _Caesalpinia spinosa_ gum has been deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.

Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum references

  • Natura Skin, Accessed January 2022, ePublication
  • SpecialChem, Accessed January 2022, ePublication
  • UL Prospector, Accessed January 2022, ePublication
  • Cosmetics, June 2019, pages 1-13
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2015, pages 35S-65S
  • Polysaccharides: Bioactivity and Biotechnology; Springer International Publishing, 2015, pages 1,867-1,892.

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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