Carrageenan extract is the dried and powdered mucilage of a seaweed called Irish moss.
Where do we get it?
This extract is produced in Spain and purchased by Lush through a UK supplier.
With seven manufacturing sites across the globe, this information may vary depending on where your Lush products were made.
What are the benefits of carrageenan?
- Rehydrates and jellies when put in liquids.
- Acts as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser.
- Enhances hydration and soothes the skin.
Carrageenan comes from carraigín, meaning ‘little rock’ in Irish. The seaweed extract has been used since 600 B.C in China and around 400 A.D. in Ireland, where it can still be found in traditional desserts to create a jelly-like pannacotta.
The extract was first introduced on an industrial scale in the 1930s and is widely used today as a vegan alternative to animal-derived gelatin.