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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 9005-64-5
Chem/IUPAC Name: Sorbitan, monododecanoate, poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) derivs. (80 mol EO average molar ratio)
COSING REF No: 77482
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is a highly effective ingredient that is commonly used in a variety of cosmetics and personal care formulations. It is an emulsifier, which means that it helps to mix together ingredients that would normally separate, such as oil and water. PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is typically a clear to pale yellow liquid. Being derived from natural sources, it is a safe and popular choice for a number of products. It also acts as a surfactant, helping to reduce surface tension and increase the spreadability of products. The chemical formula of PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is C26H52O9.

What is PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE used for?

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is a commonly used surfactant added to a variety of products in the world of personal care and cosmetics. Its ability to emulsify and mix oil and water-based ingredients makes it a versatile ingredient with many uses.
  • Hair care: It is found in shampoos and conditioners as helps to create a rich lather and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth. In addition, its emulsifying properties help to remove dirt and oil buildup from the scalp and hair, leaving it clean and refreshed
  • Skin care: It is added to skincare products such as cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup removers. Its ability to mix oil and water-based ingredients helps to remove makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin, leaving it fresh and smooth. Additionally, the emollient properties of PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate help to moisturize and soften the skin


PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is made through a chemical reaction between Sorbitan monolaurate and ethylene oxide, resulting in the formation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains attached to the sorbitan monolaurate molecule. This process is also known as ethoxylation.

What does PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE do in a formulation?

  • Emulsifying
  • Surfactant

Safety profile

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is good for skin and hair and is considered safe for use up to concentrations of 10%. This ingredient does not have any carcinogenic effect and is also non-comedogenic, which means that it does not cause breakouts or acne. Although allergic reactions to this ingredient are rare, a patch test is still recommended prior to use. PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is also safe for use during pregnancy, but it's always advisable to consult a physician before using any cosmetic products during this time. Lastly, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is vegan and halal.


Technical profile

Property Values
pH 6.0-7.0
Solubility Soluble in water
Viscosity Low to medium

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE

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