INCI

Sargassum Fluitans/Natans Extract, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol

What It is

SeaBalance 2000 is the world's first seaweed-based cosmetic emulsifier, powered by Carbonwave. It is an award-winning emulsifier that delivers performance with natural origins from Sargassum seaweed. This upcycled emulsifier can be used to create fluid, low viscosity oil-in-water emulsions—either via cold process or in a traditional hot process. Not only does it emulsify your favorite polar plant oils and esters, it leaves a soft and silky feeling on skin.

We are a proud partner and exclusive reseller of SeaBalance 2000 to the DIY community. Join the seaweed revolution!

What is Sargassum?

Sargassum seaweed is the “weed” of the ocean, and is so abundant, it can be seen from outer space. Massive quantities of sargassum wash on shore in beach communities, rotting and releasing methane emissions. This not only makes for a stinky beach experience, it is a significant contributor to global warming. In fact, 20 Megatons of Sargassum wash up on beaches in the Caribbean yearly, resulting in:
- 8.4 megatons of CO2e emitted per year
- 30-35% decline in tourism in Quintana Roo, Mexico, alone
- Biodiversity loss and degradation of beach ecosystems

Carbonwave is dedicated to minimizing the impact Sargassum seaweed has on the beaches, which are vital to local economies. For every ton of seaweed used, 450 kg of CO₂e is saved from entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

How It's Made

Carbonwave works with local communities in Mexico to collect the seaweed as it makes landfall. The biomass is collected before it decomposes and releases stinky methane emissions. It’s gently rinsed, dried and transported to Puerto Rico, where Carbonwave’s proprietary process extracts the emulsifying components from the sargassum to produce SeaBalance 2000.

Certifications
Upcycled
Upcycled
Vegan
Vegan
Nut Free
Nut Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Non GMO
Non GMO
Made With Science
Made With Science
People and Planet
People and Planet
INCI
Sargassum Fluitans/Natans Extract, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol

Composition
Sargassum Fluitans/Natans Extract 85 - 90%
Xanthan Gum 5 - 10%
Pentylene Glycol 5%

People and Planet

Readily Biodegradable (Xanthan Gum 78%, Pentylene Glycol 88%)
COSMOS Ecocert Greenlife
Reduces carbon emissions by 450 kg of CO₂e for every ton of Sargassum processed


Geographical Origin

Sargassum - Mexico
Xanthan Gum - Western Europe
Pentylene Glycol - South Africa, China or Dominican Republic
Processed in Puerto Rico


Ingredient Origin

Plant (Sargassum)
Sugarcane Bagasse (Pentylene Glycol)
Fermentation (Xanthan Gum)


Function

O/W Emulsifier, Skin Conditioning Agent


Types of Formulas

Lotions, Serums


Use Level

3 - 6%


Optimum pH of formulations

3 - 7
Using SeaBalance 2000 at a higher pH may result in an oceanic odor


Tips and Tricks

Add citric acid to your water phase before adding SeaBalance 2000. This will reduce any odor.
Homogenize immediately after adding SeaBalance 2000. This will disperse it evenly.
Works best with plant-based oils. May exhibit freeze/thaw challenges with non-polar oils or esters.
Use in emulsions with an oil phase that’s 5-15% of the formulation.


Incompatibilities

Cationic ingredients. Xanthan Gum carries a negative charge so it will complex with anything positively charged.


Directions for Emulsification

Add SeaBalance 2000 to your water phase and disperse using a homogenizer or immersion blender. Once dispersed, add the remainder of your oil phase and continue to homogenize until no large oil droplets are seen.


Color / Odor / Appearance

Beige to Light Green / Oceanic / Stretchy Paste


Solubility

Dispersible in water


Percent Active

80 - 90% Emulsifier


Natural Origin Index ISO 16128

1


Storage

Keep lid on very tightly so material does not dry out. Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.


Shelf Life

See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.


Warning

For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.


Regulatory Documents

Safety Data Sheet
Certificate of Analysis Lot 22E136

Sold in ounces by weight. See our Terms for full warranties on safety & regulatory.


Packaging Type
4 oz
16 oz
5 lb
100% PCR PET Jar with PP Cap
Poly Bag in Paper Tube
Poly Bag

Why It's Special

This is the world’s first seaweed-based cosmetic emulsifier that reduces CO2 emissions while preventing the loss of biodiversity and degradation of beach ecosystems. CarbonWave is at just the beginning of making our world a better place.

Quality. Transparency. Trust.
Sargassum Biomass Collected
Sargassum Biomass Collected

Sargassum washes up on beach shores and is collected by trained workers.

Drying
Drying

The collected Sargassum is dried for transport to Puerto Rico.

Extraction
Extraction

The emulsifying compounds are extracted via a proprietary process.

Blending
Blending

The emulsifying compounds are combined with other materials to become an easy-to-use paste.

MAKE IT YOURS
Lightweight Fluid Lotion

This fluid body lotion is possible thanks to our cold process emulsifier, SeaBalance 2000 by CarbonWave as the primary emulsifier. A triple-blend of berry seed oils lend potent antioxidants while naturally coloring this serum a stunning yellow.

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Mixing Vessel
Scale
Immersion Blender
Mixing Utensil
Dropper Bottle

Skill Level: Medium

Makes 60 grams or 2 ounces.

INGREDIENT FORMULA  WEIGHT
1 Deionized Water 85.95% 51.57 g
2 Citric Acid* 0.05% 0.03 g
3 Organic Glycerin 3.00% 1.80 g
4 SeaBalance 2000 2.00% 1.20 g
5 Black Raspberry Seed Oil 2.0% 1.20 g
6 Raspberry Seed Oil 3.0% 1.80 g
7 Blackberry Seed Oil 3.00% 1.80 g
8 Preservative PE 1.0% 0.60 g
TOTAL 100%  60.00 g

Ingredients marked with an asterisk can be purchased from any supplier.

Charge a sanitized mixing vessel with #1 and add #2-3; mix until dissolved. Add #4 and homogenize using the immersion blender. Once #4 is completely dispersed, add #5-9 and homogenize until the batch is completely homogenized and milky smooth.

Pour into desired containers.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sargassum Fluitans/Natans Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.