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No, it's almost the same thing - but 20 and 80 are generally used for different mixtures. Like, 80 tends to create a little foam when shaking, and 20 doesn't. Hang on - let me get a link for you

Polysorbate 20

Solubliser and co-emulisfier. Polysorbate 20 is THE essential ingredient for making body and room sprays. It acts as a solubiliser, allowing the oil phase of your formula to disperse and fully incorporate into the water phase. This allows you to create a product that is clear and will not separate. Recipes coming soon Polysorbate 80

In the cosmetic industry Polysorbate 80 is used as am emulsifier and dispersant, with particular affinity to being combined with vegetable emollients to create blooming bath oils. It can also be used by itself or in conjunction with Polysorbate 20 as an Essential Oil Solubiliser in aqueous solutions such as body mists and room sprays, and as a solubiliser in surfactant based systems. Don t be too heavy handed though when used in formulations that include both surfactants and vegetable oils, at just over 1% it will begin to thicken the formula. When combined with vegetable oils it creates a water dispersible oil which can be used as a blooming bath oil, or as an easy wash massage oil.

Usage rate is between 1-50% depending on application.

From MMS:

Polysorbate 20 is most often used to emulsify oil in water mixtures, where additional viscosity is desired. If you are having trouble with your emulsions remaining stable then polysorbate 20 is a great option. Use where little foaming is desired.

Polysorbate 80 is recommended for oil in water emulsions like creams and lotions. Choose this polysorbate when foaming or whipping is desired like whipped body creams or foaming soaps.

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