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Sodium Stearate

Chemical Name:
Octadecanoic Acid Sodium Salt
  • Product Details & Information

    Sodium Stearate, also called Sodium Salts of Stearic Acid, can be either veg-based or tallow-based, and it is widely used in personal care products and many industrial applications due to its versatility. It functions as an emulsifier, dispersant, gelling agent, stabilizer, binder and viscosity modifier just to name a few of its uses. For more information on Sodium Stearate, visit the Uses and Applications section.

  • Uses & Applications

    CASE: Emulsifier and Dispersant in Latex Paints; Additive to Inks

    Cosmetics: Stabilizer, Viscosity Enhancer and Dispersant for Liquid Make-Ups

    Flavor and Fragrance: Flavor Additive with FDA Approval; Viscosity Modifier in Gelled Fragrances

    Food and Beverage: Food Additive with FDA Approval

    Personal Care: Emulsion Stabilizer, Gelling Agent, Stabilizer, Binder, Viscosity Modifier, Thickener and Dispersant in Stick

    Deodorants, Liquid and Bar Soaps, Skin Cleansers, Bath and Shower Gels

    Plastics: Stabilizer and Plasticizer in the Production of Plastics; Lubricant in Polycarbonates and Nylons

    Rubber: Lubricant and De-dusting Agent in Rubber Production

    Soaps and Detergents: Emulsion Stabilizer, Gelling Agent, Stabilizer, Binder, Viscosity Modifier, Thickener and Dispersant in Laundry Soaps and Other Cleaning Products

  • Grades and Forms Available

    NF, Veg, Tallow, Powder, Flakes

  • Packaging


  • Shelf Life

    Two Years from Date of Manufacture when stored according to MSDS recommendations

  • INCI Name

    Sodium Stearate

Sales Specifications of Sodium Stearate NF Powder

ParametersSpecificationsTest Methods
Appearance White Powder
Assay (Na), % 7.4 – 7.8
Identification A Conforms
Identification B (Titer, °C) 54 min
Fats and Fixed Oils:
Acid Value of Fatty Acids 196 – 211
Iodine Value of Fatty Acids 4 max
Acidity (as Stearic Acid), % 0.28 – 1.20
Free Fatty Acid (Stearic), % 6 max
Moisture, % 2 max
Loss on Drying @ 105°C, % 5 max
Alcohol Insoluble Substances Conforms
Ash Content, % 10.8 – 13.8
Melting Point, ºC 200 – 220
Typical Composition, %: 40 min
C18 40 min
C16 + C18 90 – 100
Specs & MSDS of Sodium Stearate