Polysorbate 20 is a Non-irritating emulsifier used in the food and cosmetics industry.
It is a great emulsifier to be used when making Body Mists and Room Sprays, Linen Sprays or whenever you need to emulsify the water and oil together so that there is little to no separation.
Polysorbate 20 is derived from Oleic acid from Olive Oil and is connected to the sugar Sorbitol by a chemical process called ethoxylation, this results in the final product to become dispersible in water.
HOW TO USE:
Add your essential oils to this emulsifier and then add to the water or water based products for use in skin treatments and massage. Always Mix well and if a watery based product - shake well before each use.
Generally you may need to add one drop of emulsifier to every 1-3 drops of essential oil before adding to the water or water based product. It all depends on the essential oil.
OR you may need to add 5 drops of emulsifier to every 1 drop of essential oils. We cannot tell you for sure. You will need to experiment.
We suggest you start mixing the emulsifier to your essential oils and check every few minutes to hours to see if they are staying blended. If not you will need to keep adding emulsifier.
The chemical reaction is not immediate - you MAY need to give the emulsifier over 24 hours to work with the essential oils. You need to mix, blend, check and add more emulsifier until you find out exactly the right amount to get the product to stay in solution. And in some cases with some essential oils it will not happen.
If it won't stay blended then it is possible you will need to try a different emulsifier as the essential oils you are trying to use are not compatible with the emulsifier you are trying.
Do not use this as a carrier oil.
It needs to be mixed with other ingredients.
What is an emulsifier?
Emulsifiers are used whenever you need to mix water and oil ingredients together. Since water and oil will separate - oil typically floats on top, you need to use an emulsifier to keep them mixed together. Always mix the Emulsifier with the oil portion then ADD to water. Shake well before each use.