Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate at a glance

  • --Synthetic surfactant (cleansing agent)
  • --Has helpful emulsifying properties
  • --Aids cleanser stability and helps maintain clarity
  • --Made from sorbitol and oleic acid derivatives

Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate description

Sorbeth-230 tetraoleate is a synthetic cleansing agent and emulsifier made from glycol and ester blends of the sugar sorbitol and the fatty acid oleic acid. It also provides stabilizing abilities due to its emulsifying properties and by keeping clear formulas from becoming cloudy. It’s most often used in a blend with mild cleansing agents decyl glucoside and sorbitan laurate, the latter also being an emulsifier. Usage levels of sorbeth-230 tetraoleate in such blends ranges from 0.5–5% depending on formulary needs. Sorbeth-230 tetraoleate can also be used to thicken cosmetics, thus maintaining desired flow, such as when dispending a cleanser or shampoo.

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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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