Cornstarch (Zea mays)
Cornstarch (Zea mays) is also known as maize starch and cornflour. It is native to Central America and the Native Americans called it mahiz. Zea comes from the Greek ‘zeia,’ meaning grain or cereal, and ‘mays’ from the Native American.
It is a fine, silken powder milled from the dried seed cobs of corn.
There are five varieties of corn: dent, flint, flour, popcorn and sweet corn. It is an annual grass and tolerates most climates very well. It is now grown in most parts of the world.
The plant itself has a long stem, growing up to five feet and flowering in early summer. The cobs are harvested immature or ripe for culinary use, but always ripe for use as cereals, flour, oil or syrup.
Cornstarch can be used for culinary purposes, particularly as a thickener.
It is highly absorbent, making it ideal for use in body powders to mop up moisture. Its fine texture makes skin feel silky and smooth.
We use cornstarch in our Silky Underwear and Vanilla Puff dusting powders for its absorbent qualities.
In our Coconut deodorant powder, cornstarch is used with other micro-fine powders to ensure you stay dry and comfortable all day long.
We use cornstarch in our Sexy Peel soap to give an interesting character and texture to this super citrusy soap.