Oils You Can Use To Make Homemade Soap

There are different handmade soap supplies proliferating the market today – oils are one of these products. Choosing the best oils for your soap creation is oftentimes the main key to a perfect bar of soap.

Oils come in different forms (saturated, unsaturated, superfatting and scenting oils and/or fats) and smells. It’s a must for you to be familiar with them, especially if you feel that you are in an experimenting mood and may want to try different oils for different soap outcomes.

Here are just a few of them that you can use in your future masterpieces:

Almond Oil (Sweet)

A light moisturizing oil that absorbs well, it produces a low lather and is efficient when it comes to soaps – add an ounce per pound of fats to your soap mix at trace (this is the term used for the stage where the soap/lye mixture thickens).

Avocado Oil

Used for superfatting (if you add any oil or substance at this stage, the ingredient stays in its natural form and won’t be blended with the mixture), avocado oil is a great moisturizer and its healing properties come to full blast as you include it in your batch. Rich in vitamins A, D and E, you can use it up to 30 % as a base oil. You can use this when you are making baby soap, as this is often used in gentle soaps for people with sensitive skin.

Coconut Oil

This is the oil that does all the magic for your soap – it gives out a bubbly later when your final product is ready for use. Don’t use too much of this though, as an excess of this will be too much drying of your skin. It makes a white, very hard bar of soap which lathers even when you use sea water or hard water. Use only 20 to 30% of it in your base oils.

Cottonseed Oil

While this produces a generous, thick and lasting lather, it is recommended that this be used sparingly as it can spoil easily, depending on what season you are in. Should you decide to use this, a maximum usage of 25% of total base oils is recommended.

Evening Primrose Oil

Absorbed quickly, it gives the skin essential fatty acids that are said to stop bacterial growth in its tracks and encourages antibodies so the skin will be better at fighting off infection or inflammation. Not recommended as an additive in soaps that are made for oily skin. It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons per 5 pounds of soap, to be added at trace.

Grapeseed Oil

Another lightweight, moisturizing oil that is easily absorbed by the skin, this is oil that has no greasy after-feel. It doesn’t usually have a long shelf life, so it is best recommended to treat it with rosemary oleoresin extract. Use an ounce per pound at trace.

Hazelnut Oil

An excellent moisturizer for both soaps and lotion, but only has a 3 to 4 month-shelf life. It is best that you use not more than 5% of this in your recipe, and it is recommended that you add rosemary oleoresin extract to the batch (but preferably to the oil itself) to prevent the soap from going rancid.


This is obviously not oil, but can be added to the mix to help retain skin moisture – same way that glycerin works. Recommended usage is at 2 tablespoons per pound of oil to be added at trace.


Used as a superfatting oil, this is very good at conditioning and moisturizing the skin. It has health benefits (especially for people with psoriasis and for people with spots and acne conditions), good for sensitive and oily skin, and is suitable for all skin types. Add only one or two ounces per pound at trace.


To be used as a base oil, lard will tend to be soft, and may not be at its best when introduced to cold water. This should be combined with vegetable oils. This recommended at 70% the maximum of total oils.

Time, patience and tons of experience will teach you the right oils to use. By knowing what you are using, this will be a great way to expand your knowledge on soap making. And if you are knowledgable, chances are, you will soon be an expert in experimenting and creating original recipes of your own in no time.