Acacia Gum

Acacia Senegal Gum

Acacia Senegal Gum, or Gum arabic, is derived from the Acacia Senegal tree. This natural gum is a complex polysaccharide made from hardened sap from Acacia trees.

It’s been used for thousands of years and loved for its wide range of uses. It’s a complex mixture of calcium, magnesium, and potassium salts of arabic acid. It has a mild smell so it generally doesn’t change the product scent by much.


You’ll find Acacia Senegal Gum in skincare, cosmetics, and even in food. Based on its thickening benefits, it’s common in cosmetics such as lipstick and mascara, but you’ll also find it in facial cleansers, shampoos, serums, and even face masks.


Gum which thickens and reduces the surface tension of liquids, making it feel excellent on both hair and skin. Especially useful in hair spray as film former.

This plant-based ingredient can help soothe the skin but it’s commonly used as a thickening agent. Acacia Senegal Gum can also help skincare products stick to the skin. This is helpful for products such as sunscreen, makeup, and facial masks.

It’s largely used for it’s texture enhancing properties but it offers direct benefits to the skin as well. These same properties can also act as an emollient to help lock in moisture. According to Botani, this ingredient can also help reduce eye puffiness based on its anti-inflammatory properties. That combined with its astringent properties help it tighten skin for a firmed and toned appearance.