Stabiliser and Thickener
Sodium stearate is a fine, white powder. It is a stabiliser and a thickener used in soaps, colour cosmetics, deodorants and in hair and skin care products. It is the sodium salt of stearic acid, an emulsifier which is also found in natural ingredients such as shea butter.
Sodium stearate is used to harden some of the Lush’s ‘hot pour’ soaps and solid deodorants. It helps to create a wide variety of large shapes and sizes from which we then cut fresh slices for our customers to take home. It has also the ability to make a product opaque and contribute to give soaps a creamy white foam.