Sodium Palmitate is synthesized by reacting palm oil with sodium hydroxide.
It acts as a surfactant and emulsifying agent and is a key ingredient in soap.
- Sodium palmate is a core ingredient in many types of soap and is made from palm oil.
It is often combined with sodium cocoate, coconut oil sodium salt and the sodium salt of animal fat, sodium tallow. Together these three are one the major constituents of modern soap base. Base soap is the pure soap that has had no additional ingredients like color and scent added to it yet.
- As base soap ingredients the hardest formulas use a mix of all three (sodium palmate, sodium cocoate, sodium tallow) in various combinations.
Source: LiveStrong, http://www.livestrong.com/article/458709-what-are-sodium-palmate-sodium-cocoate/