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  • Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate in body oils

    Posted by mizzm on August 5, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Hi. Im reviewing the formula of a body oil i love (neutrogena light sesame) and was wondering of the ingredient Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate. Most body oils ive seen are only with oils & esters (what people say as natural) and the few ones are formulated with Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate. I was wondering why is this the case, is that ingredient particular for that use? Since its a w/o emulsifier can i use anything similar to it??

    Neutrogena Ingredients:

    IPM, Sesame Oil, Peg 40 Sorbitan Peroleate, fragrance, propyl paraben, bht

    jonnierocks replied 2 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Perry44

    August 7, 2023 at 8:14 am

    This is a water-in-oil (w/o) emulsifier, which helps to mix oils and water in the formulation. It enhances the product’s spreadability and user experience by making the oil more comfortable to apply and less heavy or greasy on the skin. It also makes it easier to remove when you are washing your skin later.

    As far as replacements go, you might try Sorbitan Oleate.

  • mizzm

    October 23, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for this info Perry!! I cant seem to find sorbitan oleate in our country so ill try to experiment with other emulsifiers. 🙂

  • jonnierocks

    December 5, 2023 at 10:04 am

    I too have an interest in this product since my family and I have used it for years during the cold dry winter months in the U.S.

    Our problem is that some members of my family have developed skin irritation issues related, we believe, to the fragrance used. Yes, there is a fragrance free version of the product but in our market it costs 50% more than the product with fragrance so we are determined to create our own similar product for our own use.

    If anyone can help us determine a formula for creating our own product we would be most thankful.

    Also, other than GC/MS, are there other ways to accurately analyze specific products and the ingredients they contain based on percentages?

    Thank you for any help anyone can offer.

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