I am wondering if Sodium Oleate is vegetarian and/or vegan.
I found this article which might be about it, and I followed the links to this article, which says that Stearic acid is obtained from fats and oils by the saponification of the triglycerides using hot water. So based on this might it be derived from animal sources? My chemistry knowledge is rather poor so I am kind of lost.
Also, according to this website, Oleic acid can be derived from animal or non-animal sources. But is Sodium oleate the same as Oleic acid?