Sorbitan Olivate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sorbitan Olivate description

Sorbitan olivate is a mixture of the fatty acids from olive oil plus a dehydrated sugar known as sorbitol. Sorbitan olivate may be synthetic or plant-derived (Paula’s Choice uses the latter). It functions as an emulsifier and mild cleansing agent. Sorbitan-derived ingredients are considered safe for use on skin.

Sorbitan Olivate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2019, pages 60S-80S

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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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