Lansurf SMO is a nonionic surfactant with agrochemical functions that takes the form of a liquid. Within the personal care sector, it caters specifically to skin care applications in beauty and care. Identified by its INCI name, sorbitan oleate, Lansurf SMO plays a crucial role in body cream formulations.

INCI Name: Sorbitan Oleate

Chemical Family: Sorbitan Ester Ethoxylates, Sorbitan Esters

Functions: Surfactant, Surfactant (Nonionic)

Labeling Claims: Biodegradable, Foreign matter-free

Synonyms: E 494, Monodehydrosorbitol monooleate, Oleic acid sorbitan monoester, Sorbitan mono-(9Z)-9-octadecenoate, Sorbitan monooleic acid ester

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Identification & Functionality

Features & Benefits

Applications & Uses

Applicable Processes
Industrial Additives End Use
Skin Care Applications
  • Lansurf SMO is used in many application areas particularly in food contact applications.
  • This product is also found to be readily biodegradable and would not expect to persist indefinitely in the environment.
  • Lansurf SMO can be used singularly or in combination with the ester ethoxylates such as Lansurf SMO80.
  • Typically this product is extremely hydrophobic and finds use as an emulsifier in many waxes and creams for household and personal care applications.
  • Used in combination with the ethoxylates, Lansurf SMO is used in textiles, leather treatment, silicone oils and agrochemicals.
  • Lansurf SMO is an excellent emulsifier for emulsion polymerization for systems such as Acrylamide.


Physical Form
Amber coloured viscous liquid (at 25°C)
Soluble in
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Hydrophilic-Lyphophilic Balance Value4.3--
Viscosity (at 25°C)1944cP-
Specific Gravity (at 20°C)1.0--
Pour Pointmax. 0°C-
Flash Pointmin. 267°C-
Surface Tension (0.1% aqueous)41.85mN/m-
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Saponification Value145.0 - 160.0mg KOH/g-
Acid Valuemax. 8mg KOH/g-
Hydroxyl Content193.0 - 210.0mg KOH/g-
Solid Content100.0%-
Active Content100%-

Packaging & Availability

Packaging Type
Regional Availability
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • USA
Packaging Information

Lansurf SMO can be supplied in bulk road tankers, IBC’s and 200kg nett drums.

Storage & Handling

Storage Conditions
  • Stainless steel, polyethylene or glass lined equipment is necessary for the storage of Lansurf SMO in order to prevent corrosion and subsequent contamination.
  • This material can separate on standing and at low temperatures.
  • May require agitation and warming prior to use.