What Is Tara Gum?

A Natural Thickener and Texturizing Cosmetic Additive.


Tara Gum – sometimes referred to as Peruvian Carob and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum – is a fiber obtained from the seeds of the Caesalpinia Spinosa botanical, a legume tree that is indigenous to Peru and that is better known as the Tara shrub.

Tara Gum is a galactomannan, that is a nonionic polysaccharide made up of galactose and mannose. It shares the same molecular configuration as Guar Gum, thus both of them belong to the same family and share similar solubility in cold water.


Tara Gum combines readily with hot water and hydrates partially in cold water. It is an ideal ingredient for addition to cosmetics formulations intended to have a consistency ranging from medium to thick. Tara Gum helps to regulate the final product’s viscosity, stability, and softness, to enhance its texture, and to control its suspension as well as its spreadability and consistency on the skin.


Tara Gum must first be combined with Glycerin/Vegetable Glycerin in order to achieve a paste-like consistency with a viscosity like that of molasses. Once the gum is no longer in its powder form and has attained this consistency, small amounts of cold or room temperature water can be stirred into it.

Before adding it to a cosmetic formula as a natural thickener, allow the blend to sit for up to 15 minutes to encourage the powder gum to further dissolve. Next, stir in warm water until the blend is a smooth gel. For better dissolution, allow the blend to sit for 30 minutes before using.


When added to these kinds of formulations…


Lotions, Creams,


Skin Gels, and Bath Gels

Tara Gum functions as a:

  • Thickener
  • Stabilizer
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Conditioner
  • Softener


It helps to:

  • Increase formula viscosity
  • Lift and remove dirt to gently cleanse
  • Hydrate the skin/scalp to protect against dryness, irritation, cracking and peeling
  • Soften and soothe the skin and hair
  • Prevent frizz
  • Reduce tangling
  • Enhance elasticity, water retention, and shelf life of gel products

The recommended maximum dosage is 0.5% to 2%


Tara Gum Raw Material is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this gum for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women, as well as those with sensitive skin, are especially advised not to use Tara Gum Raw Material without the medical advice of a physician. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Tara Gum Raw Material, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by dissolving 1 tsp Tara Gum Raw Material in 1 ml of warm water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Tara Gum must never be used near the inner nose, ears, or any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Tara Gum include rashes, hives, flatulence, bloating, stomach aches, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, tightness in the chest, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.