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Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate is one of the inactive salts of the Sorbic acid. It can be dissolved in water to form sorbic acid that proves to be effective against bacteria, yeast, and other germs. Potassium Sorbate is a premium quality product and its purity is greater than 98%. Potassium Sorbate is available in fine powdered form of white color. It is odorless and can be easily dissolved in water that is cold.

Packed with antimicrobial properties, Potassium Sorbate is also used as one of the preservative ingredients in skincare and cosmetic products. Sorbic acid is naturally found in many food products such as cheese, dried meat, fruits, yogurt, etc. However, since this product is prepared from a chemical process, you cannot ingest it internally.

Potassium Sorbate can be used according to the desired pH level and activity in various skincare applications. The concentration level should be kept low while using in skincare products as higher concentration might prove to be harmful for your skin. The activity of Potassium Sorbate when dissolved in water depends on its pH level.

Potassium Sorbate Benefits

  • Used in Cosmetic Products: By using Potassium Sorbate, you can extend the shelf life of your cosmetic products. However, it is just a mild preservative and therefore, you might have to use Potassium Sorbate as one of the cosmetic raw materials along with the other preservatives. Potassium Sorbate is gentler than synthetic preservatives like parabens and phthalates and therefore, can prove to be a good alternative to them.
  • Treating Infections: Potassium Sorbate is also used to stop the effects of yeast, mold, and fungi that might interfere with chemical composition of the products. Therefore, it is also used for treating infections that are caused due to these external agents.
  • Enhance Fragrance: Potassium Sorbate is also sometimes used for enhancing the fragrance of personal care and skincare products. It is compatible with all skin types but you should be careful while using it as overuse might cause skin rashes or irritation.
  • Acts as Stabilizer: People who have a sensitive skin should be careful while using it. Potassium Sorbate is overall effectiveness is improved by using EDTA or other chelating agents. You can add it in shampoos due to its stabilizing effects.

How to Use Potassium Sorbate?

Do not use it over the concentration level of 0.3%. The concentration levels range from 0.15 to 0.3% but when used along with other preservatives you can use it within the range of 0.1 to 0.2%.

Product Specifications

Raw Material Source: Sorbic Acid
Manufacturing Process: Sorbic Acid is neutralized with potassium hydroxide to form Potassium Sorbate. Sorbic acid is obtained through a condensation process by using ketene and crotonaldehyde.
Chemical Formula: C6H7KO2
CAS Number: 24634-61-5
IUPAC Name: Potassium (2E,4E)-hexa-2,4-dienoate
INCI Name: Potassium Sorbate
Molecular Weight: 150.22 g/mol
Specific Gravity: 1.363
Boiling Point: 233 °C
Flash Point: 284.00 °F
Odor: N/A
PH Level: 4.4
HLB Value: N/A
Color: White
Grade Standard: Industrial Grade
Shelf Life: 24 months
Purity (%): 99%
Form: Powder
Alternative Names: N/A
Solubility: Yes
Applications: It can be used with shampoos, creams, makeup products, sunscreens, makeup products, etc.

CAUTION: Remember that this product is meant only for external use.

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