- Stearic Acid
Stearic Acid is found naturally in vegetable fats. It is a fatty acid that is present in several food items as well. It is typically used due to its anionic emulsifier to be used in o/w emulsions. Moreover, it is also used in many personal care applications like soaps, lotions, creams, etc. due to its thickening properties. Stearic Acid also used in cosmetic applications due to its following properties.
- Emulsion Stabilizing
Stearic Acid available as flakes that are white or slightly yellow in color. Also, it is slightly soluble in water and can be completely dissolved in oil. It is a saturated type of fatty acid that can be also found in Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter.
Though it can be obtained from animal fats, it is mostly manufactured from vegetable oils and plant sources to make it ideal for everyone. Moreover, it is mostly retrieved from Palm Oil and it proves to be one of the better alternatives to chemical-based cosmetic ingredients.
Stearic Acid is used in cosmetic applications due to its emollient and lubricating properties. It is also used to stabilize, thicken, and soften emulsions and has soothing properties as well. Also, it adds a pearly shine to products and makes them soft and velvety as well. Its occlusive property gives it the potential to prevent loss of moisture from the surface of your skin.
Stearic Acid Benefits
- Due to its thickening properties, Stearic Acid often used to harden soaps, candle making, and some other personal care products. It improves the lathering properties of soaps and also extends a velvety texture to them.
- Stearic Acid used in moisturizers and other skin care products due to its potential of retaining the moisture content of your skin. Moreover, it also extends the shelf life of cosmetic applications.
- It is used as a skin cleanser as well due to its ability to eliminate sweat, dirt, and other impurities from the surface of your oily and dry skin. Also, stearic acid enhances the conditioning effect when added to skin cleansers. Moreover, it is also used in shampoos as it makes your hair soft, glossy, and light.
- Stearic Acid is added in lubricants and it is also used in skincare products as it soothes your skin and restores its natural glow.
How to Use Stearic Acid?
Before using Stearic Acid, it needs to be melted and the recommended level of concentration can be between 2 to 10%. Remember that it can only be used for external applications.
Stearic Acid Specifications
- Applications: Stearic Acid proves to be one of the ideal cosmetic raw materials in lotions, foundations, skin protection products, soaps, after-shaving products, and other personal care products.
- Raw Material Source: Vegetable oils & fats derived from plants
- Manufacturing Process: It is manufactured from vegetable oils and fats by using hot water. It results in saponification of triglycerides and the obtained blend is distilled to purify it further.
- CAS Number: 57-11-4
- INCI Name: Stearic Acid
- Tested on Animals?: No
- GMO: This product is not tested for checking whether it contains GMOs or not.
- Vegan: It can be used by vegans as it does not contain any cosmetic ingredients that are derived from animals.