Coconut Oil for a Cleansing Bar of Handmade Soap – Ingredient Spotlight

Coconut Oil Could be considered one of those Holy Grail Ingredients in Handmade Soap

Have you heard all the rage about Coconut oil? You can’t find a soap oil chart that doesn’t discuss this one and for good reason. Coconut oil is nature’s gift to the handcrafted soap maker. It is truly versatile as it contributes to a hard bar of soap AND a big fluffy lather. Two things soap makers and customers love are a lasting bar of soap AND fluffy lather.

Where there is lather there is cleansing. So this ingredient works well in cleansing bars and vegan soap recipes. You can create  a lather booster in weaker recipes that only offer conditioning properties with this work horse ingredient. Be aware that too much of this can be drying to the skin so you will need to work on balancing your recipe and starting with a maximum of 30% for your formulas until you find your sweet spot.

Benefits of Coconut Oil in Soap and on the Skin

  • Skin Bonus – It is packed with Micronutrients including calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, and vitamins C and E. Remember what we put on our skin goes into our skin so why not include coconut oil just for these skin bonuses alone?
  • Soap Properties – When you add coconut oil to your soap recipes with the right balance you can achieve some pretty incredible results. As mentioned earlier, this wonder oil will impart cleansing, moisture and a hard bar of soap.

Overall there isn’t much you can’t love about coconut oil in handmade soap recipes. The only question becomes how much you will add. Will you make a 100% bar or blend it with your favorite formulation to create something truly unique.

Additional Reading

I have created a New Soap Makers Cookbook series and the next book in the series is all about ingredients and recipes. You can order your copy here.  If you are attempting to determine the difference in organic versus natural, I wrote a blog post here.

Until Next time.

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