Sold by weight. Our Polysorbate 20 (polyoxyethylene  sorbitan monolaurate) is derived from coconut oil. It is a non-toxic, nonionic surfactant/emulsifier and a water-soluble yellowish liquid used as a dispersing agent which allows oil and water to mix without the use of alcohol. It is a fragrance solubilizer and stabilizer; it lubricates and has a soothing effect on the skin. This skin- safe ingredient is used extensively in oil-in-water emulsions (lotions, conditioners, cream rinses, shampoos, liquid soaps, body polishes or scrubs, etc.) and also for body mists and linen sprays. Is found as an ingredient in the majority of body toiletries, cosmetics and wipes now on the market. Polysorbates are generally used in combination with other emulsifiers such as mono- and diglycerides or sorbitan monostearates for various purposes such as to disperse flavors and colors, to make essential oils and vitamins soluble and to improve volume and texture in baked goods. Use Polysorbate 20 when very little foaming action (or none at all) is desired in the finished product. This product is not food grade.
Start with a ratio of 1:1. For example, for every ounce of essential or fragrance oil mix with one ounce of Polysorbate 20. It is extremely important to mix well. Then add enough distilled water to allow you to make your blend or product. If the results are still too cloudy for you, you may need to increase the Polysorbate 20 to 3 parts to 1 or 4 parts to 1. Sometimes, the denser the oil the more Polysorbate 20 you will need. Remember to always try out linen sprays on a very small area first to see if the mixture affects the linens! INCI: Polysorbate 20.
Here are some guidelines: If using 2 oz. of distilled water add 5 drops of essential oils for a facial spray, add 20 drops of essential oils for a body spray, add 30 drops for a linen spray, and add 50 drops for a room spray. Feel free to adjust these proportions to suit your preference.
RECIPE--BODY MIST: 7 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. polysorbate 20, 10 drops Geranium Essential Oil, 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil. Mix the essential oils with Polysorbate 20 and add to the Vodka. Let it sit at least 24 hours. Should the product be slightly cloudy, add 1 more ounce of Vodka and 1/2 oz. more of Polysorbate 20. You may vary the essential oils (or fragrance oils) to your preference. You may double or triple this recipe.
This polysorbate does not contain any animal ingredients, is not tested on animals and is free of GMOs. Country of origin: U.S. INCI: Polysorbate 20.
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 (3 Reviews)
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Reviewer: Raymundo Delgadillo (Austin, TX) 8.31.2015
I use this in combination with Poly80 for blending oils and water. Works great, however you'll have to play with quantities to achieve a clear product.
Reviewer: Chrissy Barber (Marinette, WI) 8.16.2011
I use this to blend EOs and FOs into water or with hazel for body room and linen sprays along with Polysorbate 80. Works great!
Reviewer: Henry Smallwood (Chattanooga, TN) 12.22.2010
Great for toiletries
I'm still learning how to use this, but so far it's gone into a perfumed bath oil and a scented aftershave balm. Works great for making essential oils soluble in water and makes it easier to wash carrier oils off skin when needed. Warning: makes an effective ink and gum remover, so don't get it on the label the polysorbate 20 comes in.
OUT OF STOCK ISSUES: If a customer orders a large quantity of a product and all of the product is not in stock when the order is entered into our system, once the new stock arrives we will ship separately whatever quantity we may owe the customer. Most of our restocking orders arrive at our warehouse 5-7 business days after we place a restocking order, sometimes sooner. Should the distiller or vendor inform us restocking will take longer than 7 business days, we’ll promptly notify the customer.
Please note that we do not allow order cancellations for any reason and we don’t allow removal/cancellations of products which become partially or completely out of stock after the customer places an order.
Raw materials/ingredients are dispensed by weight. Many customers ask how many ounces in a pound, there are 16 ounces in one pound. These are not fluid ounces, they are ounces by weight.
EO = essential oil
FO = fragrance oil
Our containers are filled with products to where our commercial digital scales indicate the container should be filled. Some containers will be filled to the top, some will not.
HOW OILS ARE DISPENSED: All our products are dispensed by weight. EO's in 8 oz. through 2 lbs. - amber plastic pharmaceutical-grade bottle. EO's in 5 and 10 lbs. - heavy duty plastic container w/pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the container at least 2 months. EO's in sizes of 25+ lbs. - industry-standard metal or plastic can with a pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the metal can indefinitely and up to 2 months in the plastic pail. It's our decision in which type of pail we dispense the product, metal cans are not readily available. CARRIER OILS - plastic bottles/pails depending on the size ordered, do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so. FO's - in plastic containers, contents do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so.
Essential oils in sizes from ½ oz. to 4 oz. are dispensed in amber glass bottles without orifice reducers or glass droppers. If we ever run out of amber glass bottles, we reserve the right to use any other glass bottle available at that time. The only sizes of EO's dispensed with orifice reducers are 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 oz. sizes. If you require bottles/vials with orifice reducers or Eurodroppers, we sell those separately.
HOW TO STORE: Upon receipt, EO's dispensed in plastic bottles MUST be transferred into amber glass bottles. EO's, FO's and BUTTERS should be stored in tightly-sealed containers away from direct light and heat. Many oils could be highly flammable, keep away from open flames. Refrigerating butters could adversely affect the consistency of the butter, please join our Forum if you need to learn how to handle and store products.
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