Polysorbate 20
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Polysorbate 20 is a non-ionic surfactant that acts as a gentle, non irritating emulsifier. It is used to emulsify oils in water and can be used in body or room sprays, creams, lotions and other formulations. It is highly recommended for emulsifying essential oils as it preserves the integrity and properties of the oil. While polysorbate 20 is one of the gentlest polysorbate emulsifiers, it is not the most effective emulsifier. Some separation in toners, mists, linen sprays and water soluble bath oils is common. These products quickly re-emulsify when shaken.

To make sprays, start by mixing equal amounts of Polysorbate 20 to fragrance or essential oil (1:1). Let the mixture rest. If it is not clear, you can try adding a little more polysorbate 20. Adding vodka to the solution will also help clear it up. Add your fragrance solution to your water. Then add your vodka and shake. Vodka will help to clarify the solution and will act as a preservative. Polysorbate 20 is great to use as a solubilizer for body sprays, room, sprays, linen sprays and dispersing bath oils.

INCI: Polysorbate 20
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Saponification Value (mg KOH/g oil): 40 - 50
SAP Multiplier for NaOH: 0.032
SAP Multiplier for KOH: 0.045


Wholesale Pricing: [wholesale pricing info]
  4 fl oz., $4.10
  8 fl oz., $6.13
  16 fl oz., $9.77
  32 fl oz., $15.86
  64 fl oz., $27.48
  1 gal., $48.03
  5 gal., $222.30 * ^


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Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Louisa

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Location: Rockford, IL

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Linda

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

Location: Cadillac, MI

Comments: Works beautifully. My hair detangler works like it should now that I have added the polysorbate 20. It keeps the oils blended properly. I love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Cheryl

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Location: Williams, IA

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Diane

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Location: Williamsport, PA

Total Number of Ratings: 9
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