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Sodium stearate is a highly functional material in cosmetic formulations. It can stabilize emulsions
like lotions, it can make a product thicker, more viscous, and it can make a product have a creamy feel and
appearance. Sodium stearate is also a major constituent of soap. In a deodorant product it has the unique
ability to form a gel with other materials like propylene glycol, glycerin, and propanediol. This gel gives
our stick deodorant its base structure, so it can be properly applied in the manner consumers expect.
Sodium stearate has a long history of safe use in personal care products. It is permitted for direct
addition to food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two
people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic
reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort
or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
Sodium stearate is the sodium salt of stearic acid. At Tom’s of Maine the source of our material is
strictly of vegetable origin, primarily coconut and palm oils.
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