Polysorbate 20 Solubiliser

Polysorbate 20 Solubiliser

  • Oil in water solubiliser/dispersant
  • Easy to use, cold process
  • Light golden, viscous liquid
  • Synthetic but PEG free and palm free. Not generally accepted as a natural ingredient
  • Great for emulsifying essential and fragrance oils into water to make sprays or toners
  • Best for light oils – for heavier oils, use polysorbate-80 instead
  • SDS and COA available

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Polysorbate 20 Solubiliser

Detailed Description

INCI: Polysorbate-20

CAS Number: 9005-65-5

Shelf Life: 2 Years

Technical: Non-Ionic; HLB = 16.7; SAP Value = 40-50; pH = 5.5-7

  • Also called Tween 20, Emulsifan
  • Liquid, cold process, oil in water solubiliser/dispersant
  • Can also be used as a wetting agent and stabiliser
  • Used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food production
  • Generally regarded as mild, non-irritant and safe
  • Our polysorbate-20 is PEG free (non-ethoxylated). It does not contain polyethelene-glycol
  • Palm free – derived from lauric acid from coconut oil
  • Good alternative to hydrogenated castor oil
  • When used with anionic surfactants, may cause thinning, decreased foaming and reduce harshness
  • Be careful when choosing a preservative – not compatible with sorbic acid, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol or parabens
  • When calculating required quantities, remember that polysorbate has a relative density of 1.1, therefore 100ml weighs 110g


  • Typically 2-7% inclusion.
  • Can be used up to 20% but this can result in a sticky feeling on the skin
  • As a guide, 3 parts polysorbate to 1 part essential/fragrance oil
  • For sprays use 10% polysorbate, 3% fragrance, 87% water. It will create a milky liquid
  • Recommended for sprays, toners, bath oils, lotions and liquid soaps & shampoos

Additional information

Bottle Size

50ml, 100ml, 500ml, 1 Litre