Sorbitan Tristearate



No known benefits

Sorbitan Tristearate at a glance

  • Surfactant and emulsifier
  • Derived from natural sugar sorbitol
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics
  • In its raw form, has a waxy consistency and light cream to tan color

Sorbitan Tristearate description

Sorbitan tristearate is a surfactant and emulsifier used in cosmetics and food products. It is derived from sorbitol, a natural sugar that acts as a humectant. In addition to its function as an emulsifier in cosmetics, sorbitan tristearate is used commercially in food products, where it works as an emulsifier for chocolate and helps prevent crystals from forming in coconut oil. In its raw form, sorbitan tristearate has a waxy consistency and a light cream to tan color. It has been ruled safe in its usage in cosmetics, where its usage range is between 0.13-2.6%.

Sorbitan Tristearate references

  • Savannah Surfactants, Supplier, Accessed January 2023, ePublication
  • Process Biochemistry, October 2019, pages 143-155
  • International Journal of Toxicology, September/October 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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