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* A humectant

* Also known as D-sorbitol, D-glucitol, Glucitol, Sorbol and Sorbit


According to and Wikipedia, Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from fruits, corn and seaweed, although most products currently use corn-derived Sorbitol. It is used primarily as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care products, although it is also a fragrance ingredient and flavoring agent (thanks to its sweet flavor). As a humectant, Sorbitol prevents moisture loss by pulling water by osmosis from the air, hydrating skin; however, when used in extremely dry conditions, Sorbitol can instead whisk moisture out of the skin and leave it dry or damaged ( Sorbitol is also frequently used in gel products, because of its ability to retain moisture in otherwise drying, transparent gels.

Sorbitol is used as an ingredient in soaps (especially glycerin soaps, because sorbitol is sometimes considered a less expensive alternative to glycerin), toothpastes, mouthwashes, aftershave lotions, baby shampoos and hair care products, according to

Sorbitol is FDA approved and has received the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) rating.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Sorbitol is considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetics Database. The EWG only notes concerns regarding cancer due to studies showing cell mutation.

Ingesting large amounts of Sorbitol can lead to abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea (Wikipedia).

Recommended Products w/ Sorbitol:

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub, Pevonia Botanica’s SpaTeen, PRESCRIBEDsolutions A Bolt of Lightening, Horse Chestnut for Broken Veins, Lancaster’s Sunslim, Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser, Pevonia Aromatic Seaweed Bath, Red Tea Ylang Ylang Shampoo, Long Hair Lovers Rare Hair Oil, Suki daily Revitalizing Shampoo, Ookisa Hair Thickening Kit
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