Coconut Oil Soap Making Recipe
Among the many ingredients used for soap making, you will find that coconut oil is listed in many recipes. This is because coconut oil adds desirable properties to a soap. For example, it adds hardness to the soap bar, it creates a bar that lathers very well, and it achieves trace quickly. It is also beneficial to the skin since it has an anti-inflammatory property that is good for sensitive skin or children's skin.
When coconut oil soap making, use 76 degrees Fahrenheit coconut oil, which is unrefined and is the type of coconut oil that is required in almost all soap making recipes. If a different kind of coconut oil is needed, the recipe will specify the use of a different type. Also, be sure you use a maximum of 30% coconut oil as part of the total amount of oil in your recipe. You can always use less, but keep your maximum at 30% when coconut oil soap making because any more than this and the soap will be drying towards the skin.
Even when using 30% coconut oil, be sure your other oils have moisturizing properties, such as the olive oil and avocado oil used in this coconut oil soap making recipe:
- 24 ounces coconut oil
- 31 ounces olive oil
- 31 ounces avocado oil
- 12 ounces of lye
- 32 ounces of distilled water
- 1.6 ounces of the fragrance oil of your choice
Mix the lye with the water and stir till dissolved. Allow the lye to cool down to 38 degrees Celsius.
While waiting for the lye to cool, heat the oils in a soap making pot. Once the oils are heated and are mixed well together, remove it from heat and allow it to cool to 38 degrees Celsius.
Once both lye and oils are at 38 degrees Celsius, slowly pour the lye into your pot. Make sure you are constantly stirring the mixture as you pour in the lye and continue stirring.
You will have to stir till trace is achieved, which can be about 45 minutes. However, if you use a stick blender it will go much faster.
Once trace is achieved, add your fragrance oil. Remember to turn off the stick blender when adding the fragrance oil and stir the oil in the old fashioned way. Once the fragrance oil is all in and has been hand stirred for a minute, you can turn your stick blender back on.
Pour the soap into your soap molds. Take your soap molds and tap the bottom against a table so that the bubbles rise to the top and don't stay within the soap.
Wrap your soap molds in towels for 24 to 48 hours and then remove the soap from the molds and allow the bars to cure for three weeks.
This coconut oil soap making recipe makes a great bar of soap that you will love using! It's really great for the skin and you will feel its effects after the first bath!
Interesting fact: A soap made with 100% coconut oil is the only type of soap that will lather in salt water!