Sorbitan Oleate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sorbitan Oleate description

Sorbitan oleate is a synthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as an emulsifier and cleansing agent in cosmetics. Considered safe as used in cosmetics.

Sorbitan Oleate references

  • Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, November 2017, pages 198-203
  • Micro & Nano Letters, September 2016, pages 498-502
  • Journal of American Oil Chemists' Society, July 2003, pages 647-651
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2002, pages 363-374
  • International Journal of Toxicology, December 2001, pages 93-112

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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