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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 50-70-4
Chem/IUPAC Name: D-Glucitol
EINECS/ELINCS No: 200-061-5
COSING REF No: 38191
Sorbitol, a fairly new ingredient in the world of cosmetics, has been booming lately. This ingredient is loaded with nourishing and hydrating properties that has made it the latest trend in cosmetics as well as personal care products. Sorbitol is a type of carbohydrate that falls in the category of sugar alcohols. It is also used to add texture to the products and preserve them. The other names for Sorbitol are D-glucitol and D-sorbitol. The chemical formula of Sorbitol is C6H14O6.

What is SORBITOL used for?

Sorbitol is an amazing ingredient that has enriched the world of cosmetics. It can be widely found in products like baby shampoos and aftershave lotions.
  • Skin care: It is a humectant that attracts water to the top most layer of the skin and locks it there to keep it moisturized for longer periods of time. It is also a skin-calming antioxidant that breaks down certain probiotics in the skin to create beta-glucan. It also enhances the texture of the products and thickens them to make them more spreadable. Further, Sorbitol has the ability to stabilize the formulations and also preserve them.
  • Hair care: It is added to hair care products to keep the shafts hydrated and away from damage and frizz. It also adds elasticity to the hair to improve their tensile strength and prevent them from breakage


Sorbitol is a natural ingredient that can be found in fruits like apricots, apples, dates, peaches, berries, figs and plums. It can also be made from corn syrup. Sorbitol appears as a clear and colorless syrup that is water soluble.

What does SORBITOL do in a formulation?

  • Humectant
  • Skin conditioning
  • Viscosity controlling

Safety Profile of SORBITOL

Sorbitol is safe for use on skin and hair. It does not have any common side effects such as skin irritation or sensitivity. However, a patch test should be done before full usage. Sorbitol also shows no risk when used during pregnancy.

SORBITOL Alternatives

SORBITOL Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 296°C
Melting Point 95°C
pH 6.5
Solubility Soluble in water

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely SORBITOL

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