Sorbitan Palmitate



No known benefits

 Sorbitan Palmitate at a glance

  • Primarily used in skin care as an emulsifier
  • Considered a nonionic surfactant (mild cleansing agent)
  • Capable of improving spreadability and dispersing ingredients
  • May be plant- or animal-derived or synthetic

 Sorbitan Palmitate description

 Sorbitan Palmitate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, September 2019, Supplement 2, pages 60S–80S; and April 2002, Supplement 1, pages 93–112

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not rated