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.
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