POLYSORBATE 20

Polyethylene Sorbitan Esters

Uses: Polysorbate 20 is a gentle emulsifier and is also a non-ionic surfacant. It is used as a stabilizer for perfumes in water based formulas and as an emulsifier for oils in water. When emulsifying essential oils, it is able to maintain the properties and integrity of the oil it emulsifies and so is highly recommended for this purpose. It is used in creams, body sprays, salves, cleansers, cream rinses, conditioners, scrubs, pomades, lotions, bath oils, lipsticks, glosses, mists, mascaras, ointments, toners and body wipes. It is also used in linen sprays and mists. Polysorbate 20 is not the most effective emulsifier as separation can occur in some of the products it is added in but with shaking, it will quickly re-emulsify. It is very lubricating and soothing for the skin. It is best used in products when a very low amount of foaming action is desired.