Rhizobian Gum


Film-Forming Agent

No known benefits

Rhizobian Gum at a glance

  • Polysaccharide gum produced by the fermentation of Rhizobium bacterium
  • Components include glucose, glucuronic acid, and galactose
  • Used as a film-forming and suspending agent
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Rhizobian Gum description

Rhizobian gum is a polysaccharide gum produced by the fermentation of Rhizobium bacterium, a type of bacteria found in the roots and stems of sunflowers and wheat. Some of its components include the sugars glucose, glucuronic acid, and galactose. In cosmetics, rhizobian gum serves as a film-forming agent and a suspending agent. It can also be used as a thickener. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled rhizobian gum is safe as used in cosmetics. Typical usage levels in cosmetics are 0.05–2% and is sometimes combined with similar ingredient acacia senegal gum.

Rhizobian Gum references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2016, pages 5S-49S
  • https://cosmetics.specialchem.com/inci-ingredients/rhizobian-gum

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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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