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Stearic Acid

We’re your reliable source for stearic acid, from global suppliers you trust 

Stearic acid is a saturated, straight chain fatty acid with an 18-carbon chain. It is derived from animal sources--typically tallow, and vegetable sources, such as palm stearin, which is ideal for use in natural formulations. We offer a range of stearic acids, varying by purity, iodine value, and titer options. Our broad portfolio contains EMERSOL® by Emery and Vantage’s VSTEARIN™, as well as a line of private label stearic acids in a variety of forms designed to meet the diverse, evolving needs of the marketplace. All grades are available throughout our wide distribution network, with fast, reliable service, and full documentation to support the precise certifications your business needs.

At room temperature, stearic acid is a waxy sold, mostly commonly sold as flakes, beads, or pastilles packaged in bags or supersacks. Manufacturers rely on stearic acid to enhance a variety of formulations, including lubricants and release agents, soaps, lotions, detergents, tire, rubber, candles, and crayons.

Characteristics

  • 100% naturally derived
  • Renewable, biodegradable, and non-toxic
  • Saturated, linear fatty acid
  • Solid at room temperature
  • Functions as a lubricant, softening agent, activator, and intermediate

Sizes available

  • Bulk rail car (molten)
  • Bulk tank truck (molten)
  • Supersacks (flakes, beads, and pastilles)
  • Bags (flakes, beads, and pastilles)

Grades

  • Private label
  • Rubber grade
  • Candle grade
  • Tech grade
  • Food grade
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) grade
  • Kosher certified
  • Halal certified
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified
  • Mass balanced
  • Various purity grades

Applications

Personal care

Soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, shaving cream, lotions

Food

Lubricity, emulsification, softener (gum, candy)

Oilfield

Lubricity, drilling fluid additives, emulsifiers, wetters 

Chemical manufacturing

Rubber manufacturing, fatty derivatives, metallic stearates  

Lubricants and metal working

Lubricant additives and metalworking fluids, grease manufacturing

Household and industrial cleaners

Detergents, surfactants, fabric softeners 

Plastic additives

Lubricity, mold release agents, PVC stabilizer

Cement grinding

Provides finer grind, improves compression strength

Miscellaneous

Candle making, crayon manufacturing, waxes, lead-acid batteries, paper sizing

Univar Solutions is the premier stearic acid distributor 

  • Vast network of 120+ wholly owned facilities with bulk tank, rail car, blending, and packaging infrastructure
  • Efficient private fleet with dedicated drivers servicing local regions
  • Partnership with both domestic and global world-class suppliers offering multiple manufacturing sites and production processes
  • Experienced sales force with broad product application and market knowledge
  • Custom formulas and special blending services available through a team of technical experts

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