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Span™ 20
Sorbitan ester widely used in personal care products. Most hydrophilic of the range, soluble in many fatty compositions and solvents. Acts as a co-emulsifier in O/W emulsions, suitable for skin care and color cosmetics. Approved natural by Ecocert. Croda considers the RSPO’s Mass Balance system to be an important progressive step in supporting the palm oil physical supply chain and creating momentum towards segregated sustainable Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil material. To that end, sampling will be of the sustainable palm variant, SP Span 20 MBAL.

INCI name

Sorbitan Laurate

Span 20

Product details

Physical form at 25°C

  • Liquid


  • Sorbitan derivatives


  • Dispersing agents
  • Emulsion stabilisers
  • Pigment wetters
  • Emulsifiers
  • Surfactants / detergents

Regional availability

  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • N America


  • Bath, shower & soaps
  • Antiperspirants & deodorants
  • After sun
  • Body care
  • Eye contour care
  • Face / neck skin care
  • Face colour
  • Lip care
  • Sun protection

Certifications and standards

  • RSPO
  • COSMOS natural approved
  • Vegan suitable


Property Units Value
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