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Jan212011

Sorbitan Olivate

Today's Chemical:

Sorbitan Olivate

EWG Risk Score:

0

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.)

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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?
http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/coco-glucoside-plantacare-818-up-p-1895.html
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]

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