« Phenoxyethanol | Main | Glucose Oxidas »

Sorbitan Olivate

Today's Chemical:

Sorbitan Olivate

EWG Risk Score:


What is it:

Sorbitan is a mild surfactant and emulsifier made from sorbitol and olive oil.

What are its risks:

Sorbitan olivate is a relativeley new chemical on the market, so there is not much published data on the ingredient.  According to MSDS sheets, however, it is over 90% biodegradeable, defined as non-toxic and non-irritant. 

Steph's Opinion:

I have worked with this ingredient before and it actually is a synthetic that I would consider to be safe.  I would consider this to be a better alternative to "vegetable emulsifying wax," which is full of ethoxylated compounds (you can read more about that here.)

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (7)

Sorbitan olivate is created using green chemistry principles which is what makes it so safe.

Fri, January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanika Carter

what are your opinions of coco-glucoside?
thank you so much for any and all help

Tue, May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermimi

Glucosides are the safest detergents that you can find; I have no problem with them!

Fri, June 1, 2012 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

What do you think about Cetearyl Olivate?

Mon, October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

@Jamie--also a safe ingredient. :)

Mon, October 20, 2014 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

is coco glucomide safer that coco glucoside ?

I had heard that glucomides are gentler than glucosides

what is your opinion

Thu, April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike--I cannot find any reliable information about coco glucomide.

Fri, April 8, 2016 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>