Polysorbate 60

An ester based on sorbitan. It is good for emulsifying water and oils together – specifically making oil-in-water emulsions. Polysorbate 60 is also said to give a product a notable fragrance.
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Polysorbate 60

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Polysorbate 60 is an ethoxylated ester based on sorbitan. The fact that it is ethoxylated means that it is good for emulsifying water and oils together – specifically making oil-in-water emulsions. This ingredient is commonly paired with cetyl or stearyl alcohol to create a creamy, lightweight emulsion, such as a lotion or a light cream.

Polysorbate 60 is supplied as a soft yellow solid that can be dissolved into the oil phase of the emulsion with heating. This ingredient is also said to impart a notable fragrance to the products it is used in.