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Whale Wax
Alcohol Stearate

Whale wax alcohol stearate is a compound derived from the esterification of whale wax alcohol and stearic acid. It is commonly used in cosmetic and personal care products for its emulsifying, thickening, and lubricating properties. Whale wax alcohol is a waxy substance obtained from whales, while stearic acid can be extracted from various plant oils such as palm oil, coconut oil, or soybean oil.

In the interest of environmental sustainability, the use of whale wax alcohol has been reduced and replaced with compounds like whale wax alcohol stearate in products like San Shield. By incorporating whale wax alcohol stearate, the performance and texture of the product can be improved.

While whale wax alcohol already provides softness and texture, the addition of whale wax alcohol stearate enhances the thickness and smoothness of San Shield, making it more luxurious and comfortable to use. Hence, it can be said that whale wax alcohol stearate is derived from both animal and plant-based ingredients.

In addition, whale wax alcohol stearate may also have moisturizing, emollient, and stability-enhancing properties in the product formulations. 


It’s important to note that everyone’s reaction to these ingredients may vary. It is recommended to perform a patch test on a small area of skin before using any new product to ensure there are no adverse reactions.