Polysorbate 20 is an emulsifying agent consisting of laurate esters of sorbitol consisting of the monoester condensed with ethylene oxide. Yellow liquid no or weak odor. Soluble in water, HLB Value: 16.7 (gives oil-in-water emulsions), pH: 5 – 7 (5 – 10 % aqueous solution).
Also known as tween 20 it helps bind ingredients like oil & water to each other. It’s make from polyethoxylated sorbitan (chemical compounds derived from the dehydration of sugar alcohol), ethylene oxide and oleic acid, a fatty acid found in animal and vegetable fats. It is often an ingredient in body washes, hair shampoos, lotions, creams, bath oils etc. Moreover, It is a safe, non-ionic emulsifier. In addition, Polysorbate 20 can be use with a co-emulsifier, such as Lecithin to cover a wide range of oil in water.
Emulsifying Agent: Polysorbate 20 serves as an effective emulsifier. Facilitating the mixing and binding of ingredients that are normally immiscible, such as oil and water. This property is particularly valuable in formulating products that require the stable dispersion of both oil and water components.
Physical Properties: Polysorbate 20 is typically a yellowish liquid with little to no odor. It is soluble in water and has an HLB (Hydrophilic-Lipophilic Balance) value of approximately 16.7. Which means it is suitable for creating oil-in-water emulsions.
Safety: When used as directed and in accordance with regulatory guidelines, Polysorbate 20 is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products.
Polysorbate 20 plays a crucial role in the formulation of many consumer products, ensuring that they remain well-mixed and provide consistent quality. It is valued for its ability to create stable emulsions, making it a key ingredient in a variety of skincare and haircare items.
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