An ester of lauric acid and portions of the sugar ingredient sorbitol. This ingredient works as a cleansing agent and emulsifier, and may be naturally-derived or synthetic.
Amounts above 5% are likely to cause skin irritation; however, sorbitan laurate is typically used in lower amounts, along with other cleansing agents. As such, it’s considered a safe ingredient for use on skin.
References for this information:
Dermatitis, July-August 2008, pages E22-E23
International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 21, 2002, pages 93-112
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