Acacia senegal gum

Acacia senegal gum is the dried exudate—a complex, loose aggregate of sugars [arabinose, galactose, rhamnose] and hemicelluloses—of Acacia senegal. Also known as gum arabic, it is commonly included in cosmetics as a fragrance ingredient or as a suspending and emulsifying agent 1, 2. Acacia gum is generally considered to be a nontoxic material when used topically 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook. Washington, D.C.: The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 2006.
  2. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Chicago, Il: Pharmaceutical Press, 2009.