Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly. It is used as a sweetener in foods, in modern cosmetics as a humectant and thickener, in mouthwash and toothpaste, etc.
Product Name: Sorbitol
Chemical Names: D-Sorbitol; Sorbitol; D-Glucitol; 50-70-4; Glucitol; L-Gulitol; Neosorb; Nivitin; Sionit; Sionite; Sorbicolan; Sorvilande; Cholaxine; Neosorb P 60; D-Sorbite
Molecular Formula: C6H14O6
Molecular Weight: 182.172 g/mol
IUPAC Name: (2R,3R,4R,5S)-hexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol
CAS Number: 50-70-4
Physical Description: It is an odorless and colorless solid chemical compound. Sinks and mixes with water.
Color: White crystalline powder
Taste: Sweet taste, approx 60% as sweet as sugar.
Boiling Point: 295°C at 3.5 mm Hg
Melting Point: 110-112°C
Flash Point: 542° F (USCG, 1999)
Solubility: Very soluble in water and acetone. Slightly soluble in ethanol.
Density: 1.5 g/cm³
Decomposition: When heated to decomposition it emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes.