Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

What It Does

Meet our cold process, 100% naturally derived emulsifer, Natural Emulsifier 146. This O/W (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

Readily biodegradable
Cold process ability uses less energy in manufacturing

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



Percent Active

Cyclodextrin 50 - 90%
Sorbitol 5 - 45%
Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate 2 - 30%

Natural Index ISO 16128



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

Shelf Life

See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.


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

Regulatory Documents

Safety Data Sheet
Technical Data Sheet
Certificate of Analysis Lot 22A354
Certificate of Analysis Lot 23A353

Sold in ounces by weight. See our Terms for full warranties on safety & regulatory.

Why It's Special

This natural emulsifier is so versatile - from sprayable serums to co-emulsifying lotions - we love how much oil it can hold!

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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.

Watermelon Milk

Skin-softening Watermelon Seed Oil is seamlessly incorporated into this sprayable serum with Natural Emulsifier 146. Try increasing the level of Watermelon Seed Oil from 2 to 15% and see what happens. Or, try incorporating 30% of another favorite oil to test the limits of this emulsifier.

print recipe

Mixing Vessel
Small Beaker
Immersion Blender
Silicone Spatula
4 oz Dropper Bottle or Sprayer Bottle

Skill Level: Difficult

Makes 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

1 Distilled or Deionized Water 83.5% 83.5 g
2 Organic Glycerin 4.0% 4.0 g
3 Xanthan Gum* 0.25% 0.25 g
4 Natural Emulsifier 146 8.0% 8.0 g
5 Watermelon Seed Oil 2.0% 2.0 g
6 Watermelon Fragrance 0.25% 0.25 g
7 Hyaluronic Acid Solution 1.0% 1.0 g
8 Preservative PE 1.0% 1.0 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, Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool

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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