Kokum Butter in Handmade Soap?

The folks over at The Chemistry Store had this to say about Kokum

The kokum tree doesn’t require the use of any fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or herbicides, which makes it an environmentally friendly resource. It thrives in areas with low rainfall and grows well in evergreen forests, helping to create environments in which animals can thrive. When using kokum butter in your soaps, you or your customers will benefit from its cooling effects on the skin. This makes kokum soaps great for use during the hot summer months of the year. Kokum soaps are also excellent for use on the feet. The kokum oil penetrates through the thick skin of the feet to add moisture and soften calluses. Soaps made with kokum butter are also ideal for treating chapped lips and dry or cracked hands.

All of this sounds like an excellent reason to incorporate Kokum into a soap recipe but that is when cost becomes a consideration. Do the benefits in the soap justify the price tag? Does it’s makeup really improve the final bar or is it just the allure of the exotic name?

I’ll keep you posted on what I uncover.

Until next time…