Over the course of the next three weeks we will discuss three soapmaking oils that I term as staple. They are staple to me because you will find them in most, not all, soapmaking recipes. These staple soapmaking oils are coconut oil, palm kernal oil and olive oil.
For this week we will learn a little about coconut oil and what the properties and benefits are in soap.
Coconut oil is made when the coconut meat or flesh is pressed. It has great cleansing qualities and is mild on the skin providing emollient hydration conditioning and protection while remaining light and non greasy.
Soapmakers like to use coconut oil mainly because of two of the fatty acids it contains high percentages of; lauric and myristic. Both of these fatty acids contribute to the soaps hardness as well as the nice fluffy lather we all love. Esthetically it gives the soap bar a whiter appearance.
So as you can see coconut oil is a nice ingredient to look for in your natural soap ingredient listing on the label. As you can see it is gentle and have great qualities not only for cleansing but also as it conditions your skin leaving it feeling hydrated.