Polysorbate 20

Description: Emulsifying agent consisting of laurate esters of sorbitol consisting of the monoester condensed with ethylene oxide (polyoxyethylene-20 sorbitan monostearate). Yellow liquid no or weak odor. Soluble in water, HLB Value: 16.7 (gives oil-in-water emulsions), pH: 5 – 7 (5 – 10 % aqueous solution).

CAS: 9005-64-5

INCI Name: Polysorbate-20

  • Non-ionic emulsifier (enables water and oil to mix)
  • Emulsifying efficacy is increased further when combined with cetyl alcohol or sorbitan stearate
  • Acts as dispersing agent and anti-static thickener
  • Very useful as solubilizer and stabilizer of essential oils.

Use: Can be added to formulas as is, usual concentration 2 – 10%. For external use only.

Applications: Creams, salves, ointments, protective creams, balms, pomades, lipsticks, mascaras, glosses.

Country of Origin: USA

Raw material source: Sorbitol, vegetable oils

Manufacture: Polysorbate 20 is obtained by esterification of sorbitol with one or three molecules of a fatty acid including stearic, lauric, oleic, and palmitic acid.

Animal Testing: Not animal tested

GMO: Not tested for GMOs

Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived components