Polysorbate 20
Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20

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CAS: 9005-64-5

INCI: Polysorbate 20

Emulsifying agent consisting of laurate esters of sorbitol consisting of the monoester condensed with ethylene oxide (polyoxyethylene-20 sorbitan monostearate). HLB Value: 16-17 (gives oil-in-water emulsions).


  • 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. Typical use level 2 – 10%. For external use only.

SOLUBILITY: Water-soluble

APPLICATIONS: Creams, salves, ointments, balms, pomades, lipsticks, mascaras, glosses.

STORAGE: Store in a closed container at a dry place at room temperature.

Certificate of Analysis - Material Safety Data Sheet

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