Polysorbate 60

(1 customer review)


In cosmetics and skincare products

Polysorbate 60 is an emulsifying agent consisting of sorbitol, ethylene oxide & stearic acid (so thickness). It is semi-solid at room temperature and functions as a surfactant, emulsifier, and solubilizer.

Thickening Oil-in-Water Emulsifier

What does it do for the hair?
Polysorbate 60 keeps oil and water together in hair formulations allowing the hair to stay moisturized for longer periods of time; thus, helping to retain length. It adds relief to dehydrated hair. Effects increase when combined with Cetyl alcohol.

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Polysorbate 60

THE GOOD: Polysorbate 60 is used to improve the texture and feel of products.

THE NOT SO GOOD: There is some controversy over ingredients that are produced via ethoxylation as there is a risk of contamination. However, this process is highly regulated and the products are purified and tested for contaminants.

WHO IS IT FOR? All skin types except those that have an identified allergy to it.

SYNERGETIC INGREDIENTS: Works well with most ingredients.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Nothing to keep an eye on here.


Description: Emulsifying agent consisting of sorbitol, ethylene oxide & stearic acid (polyoxyethylene-60 sorbitan monostearate), stearic acid is derived from vegetable oil, purity > 95%. Yellow-brownish viscous liquid, no or weak odor. Soluble in water & alcohols, insoluble in oils. HLB value: 14.9 (gives oil-in-water emulsions).

INCI Name: Polysorbate-60

  • Non-ionic, multi-purpose emulsifier (enables water and oil to mix)
  • Emulsifying efficacy is increased when combined with cetyl alcohol or sorbitan stearate
  • Acts as a dispersing agent and anti-static thickener
  • Very useful as solubilizer and stabilizer of essential oils

Use: Warm to melt before use. The typical use level is 1 – 10%. For external use only.

Applications: Lotions, creams, hair loss treatments, skin cleansers, makeup products requiring emulsification.

Manufacture: Polysorbate 60 is obtained by esterification of sorbitol with one or three molecules of a fatty acid including stearic, lauric, oleic, and palmitic acid.

Animal Testing: Not animal tested

GMO: GMO-free

Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived components

Additional information


100G, 50G

1 review for Polysorbate 60

  1. Aloma (verified owner)

    Excellent for the everyday products that I make

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