The Stearate issue is one that comes and goes.
Stearate is Stearic acid which is a long chain fatty acid with 18 Carbon atoms ( C18).
One thing should be made very clear .. pure stearate is naturally present in animal and plant fat.
Where it gets bad is when it is overused and is a product of hydrogenation which PERQUE never does. It is also derived from animal fat in some products which is also something that PERQUE will never use.
However, because seeing the word stearate may cause a problem in the consumers’ minds, we used the C16 C18 alkyls terminology.
Please refer to the document Stearate in the folder PQ Support Materials for more information.