Stabiliser and Thickener
Sodium stearate is the sodium salt of stearic acid, an emulsifier which is also found in natural ingredients such as shea butter. It is a fine, white powder. It is used in soaps, colour cosmetics, deodorants and in hair and skin care products. We use it to harden our ‘hot pour’ soaps and solid deodorants after pouring our mixes into a variety of moulds. This creates a wide variety of large shapes and sizes from which we then cut fresh slices for our customers to take home.
Sodium stearate is found in some of our handmade soaps, and Aromaco and Sunflower solid deodorants, for its stabilising and thickening properties, and its ability to make a product opaque. It is also used to create creamy white foam.
Our vegetarian sodium stearate is made from vegetable oils high in stearic acid. At present we do not have full traceability of which vegetable oils it is made from, so cannot guarantee it is 100% palm oil free. However, in the meantime we are eliminating this ingredient from our soaps. 10 soaps in our all year round range are already available to choose from that do not contain sodium stearate, as well as a Gourmet Soap Range exclusive to Lush Oxford Street. Our seasonal soaps also do not contain this ingredient. We are also working on finding new suppliers to guarantee palm free traceability.