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Sorbitan ester widely used in personal care products. W/O emulsifier, particularly recommended for unsaturated lipid components such as oleyl alcohol or vegetable oils. Dispersing agent for insoluble liquids in other lipophilic liquids. Sorbitan oleate is used as a wetting agent and dispersant for pigments in colour cosmetics and zinc oxide/titanium dioxide in sun care products. Approved natural by Ecocert. Croda considers the RSPO’s Mass Balance system to be an important progressive step in supporting the palm oil physical supply chain and creating momentum towards segregated sustainable Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil material.

INCI name

Sorbitan Oleate

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Product details

Physical form at 25°C

  • Liquid


  • Sorbitan derivatives


  • Dispersing agents
  • Emulsion stabilisers
  • Pigment wetters
  • Emulsifiers
  • Surfactants / detergents

Regional availability

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • N America


  • Skin care
  • Hair care
  • Sun care
  • Colour cosmetics


  • Bath, shower & soaps
  • Eye colour
  • Eye contour care
  • Face / neck skin care
  • Face colour
  • Facial cleansers
  • Hair conditioners - rinse off
  • Lip care
  • Lip colour
  • Shampoos
  • Styling
  • Sun protection

Certifications and standards

  • RSPO
  • ISO 16128 - derived natural
  • Vegan suitable

Regional compliance

  • JSQI

Ingredient origin

  • Plant derived

Composition information

  • EO/PO free
  • Preservative free
  • EDTA free
  • BHT / BHA free
  • Sustainable palm (RSPO MBAL)

% Renewable

  • 100

% Natural origin content – ISO 16128

  • 100


  • Readily biodegradable
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