Polysorbate 20

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Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20, also known by the chemical name Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate, and Ethoxylated Sorbitan Ester, is in a class of products known as nonionic surfactants and emulsifiers. It is  used in many hair and skin care products, fragranced sprays, and many other products and applications. 

A common use is mixing oils, fragrances, in to water. This makes it ideal when formulating custom body sprays, adding fragrances to formulations and making linen Sprays. Usually a 1 to 1 ratio of POLY 20 to Oils in this application.

Commonly used in oil in water emulsions, like lotions, creams, hair conditioners, cream rinses and other preparations.

5 Gallon pail = 45Lb +- in Pail 

55 Gallon drum = 490 Lb +-


Product Code, INCI Name and CAS No.

  • INCI Name: Polysorbate 20
  • CAS no: 9005-64-5
  • EINECS no.: Polymer Exempt


  • Appearance: Yellow Liquid
  • Odor: Mild Bland Odor
  • Solubility: Soluble in Water
  • Pour Point: 20°F
  • Acid Value: 2.0 Max
  • Hydroxyl Value: 96 to 108
  • Saponification Value: 40 to 50
  • Viscosity at 77°F : 400cps
  • Specific Gravity : 1.1

Use in Cosmetics and Soap Making

Commonly used in Adhesives and sealants, anti-aging creams, eye creams, facial cleansers, foundations, hair care products, shower gels, skin care products, viscosity modifier, and shampoos

Also known as Polyoxyethylene Sorbitol, Tween, and polysorbate 20


Keep in a cool (preferably below 85°F, the cooler the better), dark and dry store-room.

Shelf Life

Under optimal storage conditions, in original unopened drums/containers, minimum two years.

Safety Data Sheet

Typical Analysis

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  • 5
    Polysorbate 20

    Posted by Erin Williams on Mar 28th 2019

    Great product for our family owned detergent business.