ESML (Polysorbate 20)


What is ESML?

ESML, also known as Polysorbate 20, is a versatile chemical compound with the official description "Sorbitan monolaurate ethoxylated." This clear liquid has a low viscosity and feels smooth and sleek.

ESML is renowned for its remarkable ability to emulsify and stabilize fats and oils. It is a hydrophilic substance that dissolves and disperses excellently in aqueous systems. These properties make ESML particularly valuable in various industries, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food. It serves as a reliable emulsifier, thickening agent, solvent, and surfactant.


CAS                9005-64-5

Polysorbate 20

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How is Polysorbate 20 made?

Polysorbate 20, or ESML, is produced using advanced technologies and rigorous quality controls. The process begins with the reaction of sorbitol with lauric acid, resulting in the formation of sorbitan monolaurate. It is then further processed through ethoxylation, where ethylene oxide is added to achieve the desired chemical structure. This carefully optimized production process ensures high purity and consistency of Polysorbate 20.


The function of ESML

ESML, also known as Polysorbate 20, is renowned for its excellent emulsifying and stabilizing properties. It is a hydrophilic substance that aids in the solubilization and dispersion of fats and oils in aqueous systems. This makes ESML a valuable ingredient in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food industries. It can be used as an emulsifier, thickening agent, solvent, and surfactant.

Polysorbate 20 in various industries

Polysorbate 20 has found its way into various industries due to its versatile applications and excellent properties.

In the cosmetic industry, Polysorbate 20 has become an indispensable ingredient. Its ability to blend oils and water makes it particularly suitable for use in lotions, creams, cleansers, and shampoos. Additionally, it enhances the texture and feel of cosmetic products, making them feel more luxurious and easier to apply on the skin.

In the pharmaceutical industry, ESML serves as a valuable tool in the production of medications and injectable solutions. It is used as an emulsifier and stabilizer, enabling the solubilization of lipophilic compounds and improving the absorption of drugs in the body. Polysorbate 20 plays a crucial role in creating safe and effective pharmaceutical products that meet stringent quality standards.

In the food industry, Polysorbate 20 has also proven its usefulness. It is often used as an emulsifier and stabilizer in a wide range of products, including bakery items, dressings, ice cream, and margarine. By adding Polysorbate 20 to these products, manufacturers can create homogeneous mixtures and enhance the consistency and texture of food. This contributes to the overall quality and taste experience of the products.


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At Chempri, we specialize in the production and supply of oleochemicals and their derivatives, including ESML (Polysorbate 20). Our products are manufactured at our modern production facility and can be customized to meet the specific needs of our customers.

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