Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

What It Does

Meet our cold process, 100% naturally derived emulsifer, Natural Emulsifier 146. This oil-in-water emulsifier can create a range of textures from sprays to lotions, and can emulsify many vegetable oils, even in formulas with up to 60% oil.

How It's Made

Cyclodextrin and Sorbitol are produced through enzymatic breakdown of large sugar-based molecules. Polyglyceryl-3 is produced by joining multiple glycerin molecules together, where it is then joined to isostearic acid through chemical synthesis. The chemical reactions are considered natural.

Nut Free
Nut Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

People and Planet

Cold process ability uses less energy
Readily biodegradable

Geographical Origin


Ingredient Origin

Plant (Cyclodextrin: Potato, Sorbitol: Maize or Wheat, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate: Coconut/Maize, Sunflower or Rapeseed)


Cold Process Emulsifier

Types of Formulas

Fluid Serums, Lotions

Use Level

2 - 8%

Color / Odor / Appearance

Off White / None / Powder



Store in closed container in a dark, cool and dry place.

Shelf Life

See expiration date on Certificate of Analysis.


For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.

Regulatory Documents

Why It's Special

This natural emulsifier is so versatile - we love the serums it can create with oils.

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Enzymatic Breakdown
Enzymatic Breakdown

Starches from potatoes, maize and wheat are broken down to produce cyclodextrin and sorbitol.


Multiple glycerin molecules join together to form polyglyceryl-3, then isostearic acid is added.


The resulting crystals are shaped into an easy to use, homogenous powder.

Pouring Milky Moisture Serum with a pitcher into a bottle with dropper.
Milky Moisture Serum

This milky serum that incorporates oils is possible with Natural Emulsifier 146. Organic Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid hydrate the skin, while Natural Emulsifier 146 allows Organic Jojoba Oil and Squalane to be incorporated into this water-based serum.

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Double Boiler
Mixing Glass
Small Dish
Immersion Blender
Spoon or Stirring Rod
Silicone Spatula
Two 2 oz. bottles with droppers

Skill Level: Difficult

Makes 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

1 Distilled or Deionized Water 85.8% 85.8 g
2 Organic Glycerin 4.0% 4.0 g
3 Xanthan Gum (Bob's Red Mill) 0.40% 0.40 g
4 Natural Emulsifier 146 2.8% 2.8 g
5 Squalane 3.0% 3.0 g
6 Organic Jojoba Oil 1.0% 1.0 g
7 Preservative PE 1.0% 1.0 g
8 Hyaluronic Acid 2.0% 2.0 g
TOTAL 100%  100.0 g

Ensure all equipment is clean and sterilized.

Add Distilled or Deionized Water to the main mixing vessel. In a small mixing bowl, add Organic Glyercin and Xanthan Gum together in a slurry. Mix by hand with a spoon until it looks homogenous. Pour the slurry into the main mixing vessel and use an immersion blender to fully disperse the mixture.

Once homogenous, place main mixing vessel into water bath and turn on heat. Begin heating the mixture to 105ºF - do not exceed 110ºF.

Sprinkle Natural Emulsifier 146 into the main vessel and use an immersion blender to disperse the emulsifier, until no white particles remain. It may take up to ten minutes and the side of the mixing glass may need to be scraped to get any emulsifier off the sides.

Turn off the heat. Once the emulsifier is fully dissolved, begin cooling and add ingredients 5-8, one by one, mixing with each addition.

Pour into containers and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.

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