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Polysorbate 20

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Size | 1 lb

Product Details
  • Variant: 1 lb
  • SKU: 122-125S
  • In Stock: 4
Also known as TWEEN20, Polysorbate 20 is a great "inbetweener" for other emulsifiers to help cover a wide range of oil in water (o/w) and water in oil (w/o) emulsions. It is highly effective in water alone to help essential oils solubize and avoid the need to shake water and essential oil products before use. It can also be used as a viscosity modifier.
Please note that Polysorbate 20 can make emulsions appear somewhat hazy with a yellow tint. It is recommended that sprays made with Polysorbate be stored in opaque or amber glass packaging to diguise any potential color variation.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Category: Additive, emulsifier, surfactant
  • Ingredient Function: Emulsifier
  • Used in: Lotions, creams, serums, conditioners, shampoos, soaps, scrubs and polishes, cleansers, exfoliants, toners, room sprays, gels, color cosmetics
  • Solubility: Water soluble
  • Appearance: Pale yellow clear to hazy viscous liquid
  • Odor: Mild characteristic odor

Production Information

  • Derived From: Sorbitan, Monododecanoate, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl) Derivatives, Water, 1,4-Dixoane, Oxirane, Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Part(s) Used: N/A
  • Preserved With: No preservative
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Method of Extraction: Ethoxylation with ~ 20 moles of ethylene oxide
  • Processing: Ethoxylation

Pro Tips

  • A water soluble emusifier perfect for adding essential oils to room sprays, toners, and perfumes.
  • A lighter colored, less visually obvious alternative to Polysorbate 80.
  • A non-ionic, low foam surfactant that can be used as a dispersant as well as a solubizer of oil or fragrance.

Using Polysorbates in DIY Cosmetics

Understanding Polysorbates

This product is vegan.

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Polysorbate 20

Warning Statements:

Not for internal consumption. Pregnant or lactating people consult a doctor prior to use. Discontinue if irritation occurs.