Coconut Soap 11


I am in love with coconut. I love the smell and the taste. It speaks of beaches, warm breezes and luxury. It even reminds me of curries! With the cooler weather we have been having, I am ready for a warm sunny day that I can go sit in the sun, drink frozen smoothies and read a book. Since I can’t go out to have fun, I am going to bring it in to me! Come join me all this week for some coconut scented fun! 

As tribute to the fact that I had planned a coconut scented soap, I wanted to use coconut oil. However I had one of the biggest tragedies a soaper can ever run across. I was out of coconut oil! I could not believe it! I have never had that happen before. I was so distraught that I had considered holding off on making this soap but I decided that in light of this tragedy, I definitely needed to bring some sunshine fun to me.

Instead of using Coconut Oil, I decided to use Palm Oil. While it doesn’t create the big, bubbly lather that Coconut Oil does, it does assist with a nice dense, almost creamy lather. I love that really thick lather that just covers your hands.

I also used Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. It contributes hardness to the bar and again dense, creamy lather. It also makes a smooth, hard white bar. I know that our Coconut Fragrance Oil discolors to a tan to light brown color so I wanted to keep it as smooth and as light as possible.

Another oil I used in this formulation was Olive Oil. I really enjoy using Olive Oil. Sometimes a pure Olive Oil soap can feel slimy to me but match it with other oils and I find it dreamy! It creates a dense lather and a conditioning sensation to the skin.

I wanted to use a luxury oil in this recipe. I decided on Shea Butter. Shea Butter is one of my favorite luxury oils for soap. I personally think it adds a creaminess and conditioning that is perfect for this get-away-in-a-bar of Coconut soap. Are you ready to make soap now? Let’s go!

Ingredients
Palm Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Water
Lye
Coconut Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Oil
141.75 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
113.4 grams Olive Oil
28.35 grams Shea Butter, Regular
177 mL Water
69.46 grams Lye
8.5 grams Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Oil
5 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
6 oz Water
2.07 oz Lye
.3 oz Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Oil
31% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
25% Olive Oil
6% Shea Butter
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Coconut Fragrance Oil

 

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

Notes: This finished soap had a much denser lather than what I am used to. It was definitely a lot of fun though. This is a perfect soap for felting wool around. If you are curious, check out my post on Wool Wrapped Soap here! They are such fun projects to do!

Taylor

 

Finished Soap

Finished Soap

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Melted Oils

Melted Oils

Adding Lye Solution to melted oils

Adding Lye Solution to melted oils

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

Adding Coconut Fragrance Oil to Soap

Adding Coconut Fragrance Oil to Soap

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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11 thoughts on “Coconut Soap

  • Cynthia

    This post could not have come at a better time. Will regular soybean oil create a dense lather like hydrogenated? I have every other ingredient, and have been looking for the right recipe. I can not wait to get started! =)

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    • Tina

      Unfortunately, the liquid soybean oil contributes to a softer bar. It will not help any lather or firmness. Do you have other oils on hand? If you do, please list them. We will help you come up with a substitute.

      Tina

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  • birdies

    Well, there’s irony…..coconut soap sans coconut oil!
    Great for those allergic/sensitive.

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  • Barb

    Let’s say you did have coconut oil. Does the smell of virgin coconut oil survive the soaping process? Like I can still smell chocolate in soaps that have a high percent of cocoa butter?

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