A mixture of the fatty acids from olive oil plus a dehydrated sugar known as sorbitol. Sorbitan olivate may be synthetic or plant-derived (Paula’s Choice uses the latter). It functions as an emulsifier and mild cleansing agent. Sorbitan-derived ingredients are considered safe for use on skin.
References for this information:
International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 1, 2002, pages 93-112
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