Polysorbate 80 is produced by the ethoxylation of a molecule called sorbitan. Sorbitan is the dehydrated form of sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that can naturally be found in some fruits. Ethoxylation is a chemical reaction in which ethylene oxide is added to a substrate, in this case, sorbitan. Sorbitan is reacted with 80 units of ethylene oxide, which is where the 80 in polysorbate 80 comes from. Polysorbate 80 exists as a thick, water-soluble yellow liquid.
It is used as an emulsifier in combination with a variety of other hydrophobic emulsifiers to cover a wide range of oil in water, and water in oil emulsion systems.
It is used as a surfactant, emulsifier, and solubilizer, helping to produce smooth, easy to apply skincare and body care products. While the texture of the product is mainly a sensory, it is important to also help the product to spread easily and deliver the key ingredients evenly to the skin.
It is therefore used in the creation of linen and room sprays, body sprays and other products where oils need to be solubilized in water.
It is similar in function to Polysorbate 20, and Polysorbate 60 which are used in skincare and cosmetic products as well.
Cosmetic Benefits of Polysorbate 80:
- It is an excellent solubilizer of essential oils
- It is an excellent wetting agent.
- Polysorbate 80 is an excellent viscosity modifier
- Polysorbate 80 is an excellent stabilizer and dispersing agent
CAS NUM: 9005-65-6
INCI Name: Polysorbate 80
Colour & Appearance: Amber liquid
Grade: Cosmetic grade
Recommended Usage: 1-20%.
Compatibility: Works well with most ingredients
Application: Personal care, Hair Care and cosmetics
Country of Origin: USA
Packaging: Our water/Oil based ingredients are bottled in plastics avoid spillage.
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: 03-2025)
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