Polysorbate 60 is used as a high HLB emulsifier in combination with low HLB emulsifiers to create stable oil-in-water emulsions.
The method of production consists of reacting stearic acid with sorbitol and then ethylene oxide. This technique is called ‘ethoxylation of sorbitan’. Sorbitan is a dehydrated form of sorbitol. In an ethoxylation reaction, ethylene oxide is added to a substrate. Sorbitan reacts with 60 units of EO, hence the name. The final step of the production of Polysorbate 60 is a reaction with fatty acids, which are usually obtained from vegetable fats and oils.
Due to its high hydrophilic to lipophilic balance, it is used to help water and oil-based ingredients to blend, as well as to prevent their separation. The material is often mixed with low HLB ratio emulsifiers to assist with both oil in water and water in oil emulsions. Polysorbate 60 finds applications in products that require foaming, aeration, and blending of oils and water bases. In skincare and cosmetic products, it is primarily used as a surfactant, emulsifier, and solubilizer.
Cosmetic Benefits of Polysorbate 60:
- It is an excellent solubilizer of essential oils
- It is an excellent wetting agent.
- Polysorbate 60 is an excellent viscosity modifier
- Polysorbate 60 is an excellent stabilizer and dispersing agent
CAS NUM: 9005-67-8
INCI Name: Polysorbate 60
Colour & Appearance: Light golden liquid
Grade: Cosmetic grade
Recommended Usage: 1-10%.
Compatibility: Works well with most ingredients.
Application: Personal care, Hair Care and cosmetics
Country of Origin: Germany
Packaging: Our water/Oil based ingredients are bottled in plastics avoid spillage.
Precaution: Avoid using with the anionic surfactant in the same bath.
Recommended Storage: Our water/Liquid based ingredients should be stored in cool temperatures away from direct sunlight and moisture in an airtight container. (Current Lot will expire: 10-2024)
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