Description: Polysorbate 80 is a nonionic
surfactant and emulsifier derived from polyethoxylated sorbitan and oleic acid,
and is often used in foods and personal care products. Polysorbate 80 is a
viscous, water-soluble yellow liquid. The hydrophilic groups in this compound
are polyethers also known as polyoxyethylene groups which are polymers of
ethylene oxide. In the nomenclature of polysorbates, the numeric designation
following polysorbate refers to the lipophilic group, in this case the oleic
acid. Polysorbate 80 is often used in food and other products as an emulsifier.
Soluble in water & alcohols, it is insoluble in oils. It's a fragrance
solubilizer and stabilizer; it lubricates and has a soothing effect on the skin.
This skin-safe ingredient is used extensively in oil-in-water emulsions
(lotions, conditioners, cream rinses, shampoos, liquid soaps, body polishes or
scrubs, etc.) and also for body mists and linen sprays.