Magnesium stearate is a white, water-insoluble powder. It has many applications, which utilize its softness, insolubility and low toxicity in many solvents. It is used as a releasing agent and as a component or lubricant (preventing ingredients from sticking to manufacturing equipment) in the production of pharmaceuticals (ex. pressing tablets) and cosmetics. Magnesium stearate can also be used efficiently in dry coating processes in tablet production and to bind sugar in hard candies like mints, and is a common ingredient in baby formulas.