Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate



No known benefits

Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate at a glance

  • Emulsifying agent and surfactant
  • Used often in oil-based cleansers
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics
  • Typical usage in rinse-off products is 0.11-10.8%

Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate description

Sorbeth-30 tetraoleate is the tetraester (four esters) of oleic and the polyethylene glycol (PEG) ether of the sugar ingredient sorbitol. It works as an emulsifying agent and surfactant in cosmetics, particularly in oil-based cleansers. Depending on the supplier, it may be plant- or animal-derived but is also available in synthetic form. Sorbeth-30 tetraoleate has been ruled safe as used in cosmetics by the independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review. Its typical usage in rinse-off products (which are most formulas it’s included in) is 0.11-10.8%.

Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate references

  • SpecialChem, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • UL Prospector, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, June 2015, Website

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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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