Thickener and hydrating
Carrageenan extract is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. It can act as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, and in gel form as a moisturising ingredient
When it is rehydrated, the extract is extremely versatile. Durable films can be made from it and in gel form, it is an excellent moisturising agent. Copolymers are used in hair products to make gels transparent. Carrageenan extract is an excellent natural alternative. It forms a key part in our shower jelly formula, making wobby semi-solid shower gels for endless fun in the bath or shower. It thickens, and helps to emulsify and stablise our self-preserving shower gels and creams.
Carrageenan comes from carraigín, meaning ‘little rock’ in Irish. It has been used since 600 B.C in China and around 400 A.D. in Ireland. It was first introduced on an industrial scale in the 1930s. Traditional desserts in Scotland and Ireland use carrageenan with milk, sugar and flavourings such as cinnamon or whisky to create a jelly like pannacotta. It is also widely used today as a vegan alternative to animal-derived gelatin and can be commonly seen in commercial vegetarian sweets.