Polysorbate 20 is used in cosmetics and skin care products as a surfactant, emulsifier and fragrance ingredient. It is commonly used to emulsify oils and water at a 1:1 ratio. Polysorbate 20 is a dispersing agent, can mix oil and water, work as a fragrance solubilizer and stabilizer and is typically used in formulations with less than 5% oil content. Polysorbates are used in a variety of products including skin fresheners, skin care products, skin cleansing products, makeup bases and foundations, shampoos and room sprays. It is gentle and non-irritating.