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Polysorbate 20, Safety Data Sheet

Uses

Polysorbate 20 is a gentle emulsifier and is also a non-ionic surfactant. It is used as a stabilizer for perfumes in water based formulas and as an emulsifier for oils in water. When emulsifying essential oils it is able to maintain the properties and integrity of the oil it emulsifies and so is highly recommended for this purpose.

It is used in creams, body sprays, salves, cleansers, cream rinses, conditioners, scrubs, pomades, lotions, bath oils, lipsticks, glosses, mists, mascaras, ointments, toners and body wipes. It is also used in linen sprays and mists. Polysorbate 20 is not the most effective emulsifier as separation can occur in some of the products it is added in but with shaking it will quickly re-emulsify.

It is very lubricating and soothing for the skin. It is best used in products when a very low amount of foaming action is desired.

Details

Other Names: Tween 20, Polysorbate 20 NF, Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate
CAS: 9005-64-5
Appearance: Oily, liquid, light yellow, Mild alcoholic odor.
Solubility: Tween 20 dissolves in water at 100 mg/mL, giving a clear yellow solution. It is also miscible with alcohol, dioxane, and ethyl acetate; practically insoluble in liquid paraffin and fixed oils
Natural or Synthetic: Not found in nature. It is derived from the fatty acid Lauric Acid which is derived from Coconut Oil. Polysorbates are usually used with other emulsifiers. These include sorbitan monostearates or mono- and diglycerides to make vitamins and essential oils soluble. It can also be used to disperse colors, flavors and to improve texture and the volume of baked goods.
Recommended Retest or Shelf Life: 2 years
Storage: Cool Dark Place, Keep in a tightly closed container.

Cautions

Not for Ingestion. May cause eye and skin irritation. Get medical attention if irritation persists. Avoid contact with this substance if pregnant. For external use only.

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