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Sorbitan Oleate

* An emulsifier

Sorbitan Oleate is the monoester of oleic acid (a source of omegas) and hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol (often used as a humectant). It is used in a variety of formulas used in the cosmetic industry, including skin care products, skin cleansing products, moisturizers, eye makeup and other makeup, according to RealSelf.com. Although also seen as a fragrance ingredient and surfactant, it is primarily used as an emulsifier, and is especially suited formulations containing vegetable oils (LotionCrafter.com). It is considered a good co-emulsifier for lotions and other emulsions.

* An emulsifier

Functions:

Sorbitan Oleate is the monoester of oleic acid (a source of omegas) and hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol (often used as a humectant). It is used in a variety of formulas used in the cosmetic industry, including skin care products, skin cleansing products, moisturizers, eye makeup and other makeup, according to RealSelf.com. Although also seen as a fragrance ingredient and surfactant, it is primarily used as an emulsifier, and is especially suited formulations containing vegetable oils (LotionCrafter.com). It is considered a good co-emulsifier for lotions and other emulsions.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database considers Sorbitan Oleate a low hazard ingredient, although it does note it as a potential carcinogen because studies have shown cell mutation. The EWG has lesser concerns regarding organ system toxicity and irritation, due to animal studies that showed liver effects at high doses and skin irritation at moderate doses. All Sorbitan esters, including Sorbitan Oleate, are considered generally mild skin irritants but nonsensitizers (RealSelf.com).

Recommended Products w/ Sorbitan Oleate:

Bliss an Ounce of Prevention PM, Epicuren Skintopia Recollect Sustaining Protectant, Dermaquest Solar Moisturizer
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