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The second recipe to be presented on this blog will be a homemade coconut oil soap recipe.
Every experienced soap maker know there are two long-standing rules on the manufacture of soaps:
1 – Do not use more than 30% coconut oil in a recipe – it will leave your skin very “dry”
2 – Do not use a percentage of “superfat” (extra oils) greater than 8% to 10% or the soap will become too soft, will make little foam and is susceptible to create the dreaded orange spots (Dreaded Orange Spots), similar to getting rancid.
So what happens when you make soaps with 100% coconut oil and 20% superfat?
The pros of coconut oils and the 20% superfat combine to counteract the negative effects of using a high percentage of coconut oil (which dries the skin) and a high percentage of “superfat” (which makes the soap too soft and “oily”), resulting in a spectacular soap.
The explanation is that coconut oil does not dry the skin, it is just a strong cleansing agent. Cleans the skin so deeply that it completely removes the fatty layer from the skin, leaving it with a dry feeling. But coconut oil alone is moisturizing for the skin. With an extra 20% of coconut oil the dryness effect disappears, resulting in a smooth and skin-friendly soap.
As for becoming rancid due to the high amount of extra oil, coconut oil is very stable and long lasting. On the other hand, coconut oil always produces a very abundant foam, so the negative effects of a high “superfat” are not applicable in this case. Try it at home and enjoy!
NOTE: Coconut oil, although very rare, can cause allergy to anyone who has allergies to nuts. If so, try a little coconut oil on your skin and see if it causes an allergic reaction.
More Single-Oil Recipes
- Homemade Lard Soap Recipe
- Homemade Castile Soap Recipe
- Homemade Natural Rose Soap Recipe
- Homemade French Green Clay Soap Recipe
Watch this video for Soap Making Safety instruction
Watch this video for the Cold Process Soap Making tutorial
Homemade Coconut Oil Soap Recipe
- Immersion blender
- Pyrex or stainless steel bowl
- Heat-resistant jug or pitcher for lye solution
- Digital scale
- Digital thermometer
- Measuring spoons
- Rubber spatula(s)
- Cup / bottle for after trace ingredients
- Soap mold
- Safety goggles, gloves and mask
- 134 g distilled water (4,72 oz)
- 66 g lye (100% sodium hydroxide) (2,32 oz)
- 450 g refined or organic coconut oil (15,84 oz)
Add After Trace
- 8 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE) or rosemary extract (RSO) (anti-oxidant)
- 1/2 or 1 tsp violet mica/pigment ultramarine violet (CI 77007)
- 14 ml essential oil lavender (0,49 fl oz)
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil (to mix mica)
|Buy Organic coconut oil||Buy Lye||Violet mica|
|Buy Grapefruit seed extract||Buy Rosemary oleoresin extract||Buy Essential oil lavender|
|Rectangular soap molds||Pretty shaped soap molds||“100% handmade” molds|
|Buy Immersion Blender Set||Buy Pyrex bowl (4lt)||Buy easy pour pitchers|
|Digital scale||Digital thermometer||Measuring spoons|
|Safety gloves||Safety goggles||Safety mask|
- Watch the video above about "Cold Process Soap Making tutorial" or read the post How To Make Soap by Cold Process Step-by-Step for instructions on cold process soap making before starting. These are generic but important steps for all recipes.
- Wear goggles and gloves! Look at “Safety Recommendations” in the video above or in How to Make Soap From Scratch
- Assemble everything: ingredients, equipment, safety equipment. Prepare your workstations. Measure all the ingredients. Don’t start the recipe without having everything ready!
- Add a bit of melted coconut oil or sweet almond oil to a small cup, and add the dye and stir well to avoid lumps. You can add 1/2 teaspoon for a soft tone and 1 teaspoon for a stronger tone. The recipe in the video used 1 teaspoon.
Heat the Oils
- You will have to melt the coconut oil as it remains in a solid state for a temperature below 24ºC.
Prepare the Lye Water
- Make the lye solution according to How To Make Lye Water. Mix it until the vapors start to dissipate. Strain it to catch any undissolved lye crystals..
Make the Soap Batter
- Use as a target temperature 38ºC for the oil-solution mixture. If necessary heat the coconut oil a little.
- Pour the lye water into the oils. Starting stick blending.
- Now add the oily dye mixture to the soap batter and stir well.
- Reach trace with the immersion blender.
- Add the extract and essential oil (s) after trace. Note that lavender essential oil has a tendency to “thicken” the batter, it may become firm or appear to “curdle” very quickly. Use a spoon and avoid the stick blender. It is advisable to pour the batter into the molds as soon as possible.
Molding and Curing
- Pour the dough in the molds using a pitcher and sprinkle with alcohol or witch hazel. Let it set for 12 to 18 hours. You can use pre-heated oven for gel phase.
- Unmold and let the bars cure for 4 to 6 weeks. See How To Cure Handmade Soap.