Stearin (Palm derived)
Also referred to as Stearic acid in some circles, this palm derived product is wonderful in creams and lotions as an emolient and thickener. It is used in candles to make the wax harder and give a slower burn to give you a longer burning candle as well as greater opacity. It may also give a creamier finish to your candles.
When added to soaps stearin will make them harder. This product is generally used at between 1% and 3%.