Polysorbate 20 is made by combining ethoxylation of sorbitan, ethylene oxide, and lauric acid. It is a mild cleansing agent, surfactant, and emulsifier.
As a surfactant, it helps collect dirt and oils for washing. Emulsifiers prevent oils and water from separating.
Polysorbate 20 also adds scent to a product. Since it is made using sorbitol, it has a sweet scent. Sorbitol can also be found in fruits such as apples and peaches.
The lauric acid used to create Polysorbate 20 is often derived from coconuts.
Polysorbate 20 may not be fungal acne safe.
Also known as: Tween 20 and Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monolaurate
Polysorbate 20 is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 7.9% of the products in our database containing it.
What it does:
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Where it's used
Polysorbate 20 is most often found as ingredient number 17 within an ingredient list.
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Products with Polysorbate 20
- CosIng ID: 79318
- INCI Name: POLYSORBATE 20
- All Functions: Emulsifying, Surfactant