Stearic Acid is a fatty acid that has many roles within cosmetic products.
As an emollient, stearic acid helps soften skin. It aids the skin's protective barrier by preventing water loss. It also provides a gentle cleansing effect without stripping away natural oils.
Stearic acid may also be used to enhance the texture of products. It can add volume and stabilize ingredients such as water and oil. This can help water and oil ingredients from separating.
Sources of stearic acid include animal or vegetable fats/oils such as coconut or shea. It can be naturally found in butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vegetable fats, and animal tallow.
Stearic Acid is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 11.8% of the products in our database containing it.
What it does:
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Where it's used
Stearic Acid is most often found as ingredient number 14 within an ingredient list.
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Products with Stearic Acid
- CosIng ID: 79070
- INCI Name: STEARIC ACID
- INN Name: stearic acid
- EC #: 200-313-4
- All Functions: Cleansing, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Masking, Refatting, Surfactant