As the saying goes, oil and water do not mix. No matter how well you shake, stir, or blend a water-based preparation, the oils will separate from the base. Polysorbate 20 is a common fragrance emulsifier that allows you to add fragrance to water base products such as our Hydrating Botanical Mist, Conditioning Detangling Spray and Pure Fresh formulations.
You have a water-based preparation such as a water-based hair treatment, a body spray, or a room spray and you want to add an oil-based fragrance. You will find that without a solubilizer the fragrance will just float on top of the water-based formula.
The Solution is to use a solubilizer like Polysorbate 20.
- Add the Solubilizer with your fragrance at up to 4:1 Ratio (start with a 1oz Fragrance to 2oz Solubilizer ratio)
- Pour the Solubilizer Fragrance mixture into your water-based preparation.
Both Polysorbate 20 and Polysorbate 80 are surfactants/emulsifiers used in the cosmetic industry
The number after Polysorbate is not a reference to its potency or strength. The number is assigned to differentiate its fat dissolving ability.
Polysorbate 20 is most commonly used as a fragrance emulsifier, since most fragrances inherently already have an emulsifier built into their composition, Polysorbate 20 works great as a fragrance emulsifier. Polysorbate 20 is what we use here to emulsify fragrance in all of our water based formulas: (Pure Fresh, Hydrating Botanical Mist and Conditioning Detangling Spray) with great results.
Essentials By Catalina is not responsible for product compatibility. We encourage everyone to sample prior to committing to larger quantities giving you a chance to test the product for product performance, compatibility and safety. Keep all product out of reach of children
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