So, I've been making my own shaving soap (more of a cream/soap) for a few months now and I'm getting differing opinions on the stearic acid I use in the product.
I use stearic acid in flake form from an online soap supplier. Directly on their website, they state it can be used in M&P soap bases, which is what I do.
The two statements I read over and over online are that stearic acid does or doesn't need to be saponified. Which one is it?
For the record, the same stearic acid product I use says it's safe for lotions, soaps, body creams, and lip balms. Stearic acid is also used in gum and margarine as well.