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    Stearic acid occurs naturally in butter acids, tallow and other animal fats and oils. A white waxy natural fatty acid, it is the major ingredient used in making bar soap and lubricants and gives pearliness to hand creams. It is also used to thicken lotions. In bar soap, it makes for a harder, longer lasting bar, add 1 tablespoon per pound of soap.

    Ours is vegetable based (either from palm or coconut), white, granulated and triple pressed. The vendor will not specify which of our purchases is derived from which.

    Stearic acid, sometimes referred to as stearin, is a non-toxic additive that increases the opacity and hardness of candles. It will also brighten colors in dyed candles. Candles will burn longer and have an improved surface when stearic acid is used. We recommend adding 3 tablespoons per pound of wax. For a mottled effect in your candles we recommend adding 1/2 to1 teaspoon per pound of wax. 

    INCI: Stearic Acid.

    PACKAGING:  Purchasing 10 lbs., 25 lbs. or larger quantities of a powder product (clay, pumice or any product listed in our Salts, Sugars & Powders category) doesn’t mean you’ll receive one package containing all of the pounds purchased.  We will prepare individual plastic bags whose weights will add up to the total number of purchased pounds.  For example, do not expect 25 lbs. of a powder product to be packed in one 25 lb. bag.  There could be the rare occasion where we could receive from the manufacturer a 50 lb. factory-sealed bag and we’ll turn around and ship the same bag to a customer who ordered 50 lbs. of a powder product.  

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    5/5 Stars out of 7 Reviews
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    Good quality
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    Raymundo Delgadillo (Austin, TX, US) | August 31st, 2015
    Good quality, came double bagged, and performed well.
    Makes great bars of soap!
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    Tracy Carlin (Independence, MO, US) | July 21st, 2014
    I add this to my soap recipes and wow what a difference. The soap unfolds much sooner and the bars become rock hard making it a great lasting bar in the shower. Will be incorporating this into all my recipes moving forward. Make sure you add it in a lye calculator when adding to your recipes! ;)
    Awesome stuff!
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    Mabel Lee (San Francisco, CA, US) | May 4th, 2012
    Without this my lotions are a little runny in texture. I put a tablespoon in 24 oz. of lotion and it makes my lotions very thick and creamy. It does not make finished lotion products waxy as ling as you don't put too much and add a little bit of lactic acid too to make a smooth emollient feeling lotion. Also makes harder soap bars but I also like to add olive oil to the soap to make an even harder bar.
    Will last a looooong time!
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Michelle Walstra (Sun Prairie, WI, US) | October 25th, 2011
    I use this for my lotions, and this is a great price. This is going to last me a long time. Thanks!
    Stearic acid for lotions
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    Chrissy Barber (Marinette, WI, US) | August 27th, 2011
    I use this to thicken lotions and creams and a little goes a long way! I bought 2 pounds 9 months ago and I'm back to reorder now. Thanks!
    Great for milk soap!
    ★★★★★ ★★★★★
    Kara Stratton (Pine City, MN, US) | February 26th, 2010
    Most of the soaps I make are goat milk, I use a half ounce to an ounce of your stearic acid in every batch that I use milk in - it really helps to keep my bars nice and hard. And your price is great!
    Quality Stearic Acid
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    Judy (Cranston, RI, US) | December 22nd, 2009
    This is superior Stearic - it melts smoothly, incorporates easily and is a dream to store! I've been dying to try cream soapmaking, and with this stearic I know I'll end up with a perfect cream soap! Thank you for another great product at a super price!
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    EO = essential oil

    FO = fragrance oil



    Essential oils: in 1/32 oz. to 1/4 oz...amber glass vials with orifice reducers. ½ oz. to 2 amber glass bottles with white caps and Eurodroppers...3 to 4 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps and without orifice reducers...7 oz. in aluminum bottles...15 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps...10 & 25 lbs. in HDPE plastic containers with wide mouths although, occasionally, 25 lbs. may be dispensed in factory-issued metal containers with pouring spouts.

    28 lbs. of carrier oils and other liquids are dispensed in individual HDPE plastic gallon containers with handles, each holds the purchased net weight of liquid.

    30+ lbs. of carrier oils, other liquids, soft butters, Castile gel and other products are dispensed in plastic HDPE pails w/metal handles & pouring spouts in the lid; those products may remain inside the pails indefinitely when properly stored. After Covid, we reserve the right to use any packaging/dispensing container available to us and not mentioned above because it continues to be difficult many times to restock the same packaging container or material used in the past.

    NOTE: An EO may safely remain inside an aluminum container for up to 3 months, but if storing longer than 3 months the oil should be transferred to amber glass. Fragrances and carrier oils up to 8 lbs. may remain inside HDPE plastic bottles indefinitely. If the customer at any time feels more comfortable transferring a product to glass this should be done. ALL PRODUCTS ARE DISPENSED BY WEIGHT, THUS, SOME CONTAINERS MAY BE FILLED HIGHER THAN OTHERS DEPENDING ON THE WEIGHT AND VISCOSITY OF EACH PRODUCT.

    Raw materials/ingredients are dispensed by weight. Many customers ask how many ounces in a pound, there are 16 ounces in one pound. These are not fluid ounces, they are ounces by weight.

    HOW TO STORE: EOs, FOs and BUTTERS should be stored in tightly-sealed containers away from direct light and heat. Some EOs could be highly flammable, keep away from open flames. Keep all liquids and powders you purchase from Camden-Grey tightly capped and away from the reach of children, the elderly or infirm and pets. Refrigerating butters could adversely affect the consistency of the butter, please join our Forum if you need to learn how to handle, work with and store products. The link is towards the top right green section of our pages.

    (Rev. 6/13/23)