As the saying goes, oil and water do not mix. No matter how well you shake, stir, or blend a water-based preparation, oils will separate from the base. Polysorbate 80 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 80.
- 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 80 is typically used to emulsify heavier, more complicated fats, such as natural oils: (argan, almond, olive, etc.) It can also be used as a thickener. Polysorbate 80 can be used to emulsify large amounts of fragrance in a product if Polysorbate 20 is not achieving the desired result, but it’s not guaranteed to work with every fragrance. It is a bit more finicky.
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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