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Coconut Oil Soap Making

Updated on November 10, 2013

Introduction to Coconut Oil Soap Making

Soap makers love incorporating coconut oil into their hand crafted soap bars due to the incredible lather the soaps produce when coconut oil is used. It also adds hardness to the soap and when used sparingly provides great moisturizing elements to the soap product.

There are several different types of coconut oil and different uses for them as some people like to use coconut oil as it can be use as a cooking oil as well as for coconut oil soap making.

Always useful to have products around the house that serve not only the one purpose.

With coconut oil it can serve a few uses around the house. Coconut Oil can be used as an ingredient to produce high quality coconut oil soap bars. It can be used for cooking as well as engine lubricants and a few other purposes but for the content here I will focus on it being applied for coconut oil soap making purposes.

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76 Degree Coconut oil

76 degree coconut oil is a semi-solid oil that is high in saturated fats which makes it a popular choice for homemade soap bars as well as liquid soaps and bubble bath products. As the name proclaims this oil melts at 76 degrees.

When this oil is used in cold process soap recipes it will produce a hard bar which means your soap will last longer. This is especially useful if you create large batches and perhaps run a business such as an eBay store selling your handmade soaps whether it be online or at craft fairs. The 76 degree coconut oil will give your soaps a longer shelf life and will retain its high foaming lather.

You do have to take some care with the amounts used as too much can be drying to the skin. A popular solution is to combine it with some "soft oils" to create a balanced soap which eliminates the problem of creating a soap that damages skin.

Making Coconut Oil Soap at Home - Part 1

92 Degree Coconut Oil

The 92 degree coconut oil is a less expensive option than the 76 degree and works well with coconut oil soap making. The only difference this coconut oil has is that has been partially hydrogenated to raise it melting point to 92 degrees. When using this type of coconut oil the end result will typically produce a slightly harder bar of soap. Sometimes this option is better for those that live in areas that have high temperatures all year round but will still need to be stored in a cool area away from direct sunlight to retain its shelf life.

Making Coconut Oil Soap at Home - Part 2

Virgin Coconut Oil

It's thought that using virgin coconut oil in your soap can provide the most benefits. It can even be used for treating acne problems as well. As it turns out, "Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, as was previously published here, and now I stand corrected, is just the same the same as Virgin Coconut Oil.

They're both unrefined coconut oils but going with the label Virgin, minus the "extra" part in the title, will avoid the marketing stunts, suppliers are pulling. (Refer to comments section from jasminec-93 for more details)

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil has a very distinct advantage as it has a longer shelf life than most while still retaining a high element of saturated fats. Generally, coconut oil is solid at room temperature but when fractionated it takes a liquid form and is slightly yellow in color. The fractionating process removes impurities that can cause the oil to become rancid over time thus giving it a longer shelf life.

Coconut Oil Products from Amazon

If soap making is something that you're interested in, why don't you share your thoughts with us here about using coconut oils to handcraft your very own soap bars at home.

What's Your Thoughts On Making Your Own Coconut Oil Soap Bars

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      robert2704 lm 4 years ago

      @jasminec-93: Thanks Jasminec-93 - (that's got a ring to it lol). I stand corrected on that. I've updated the lens to reflect the change and removed the extra virgin oil that was listed on Amazon. Appreciate the heads up. ;)

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      jasminec-93 4 years ago

      Hello. I noticed you used the term "Extra Virgin Coconut Oil" in your article and I would like to correct that. Coconut oil isn't regulated like olive oil hence companies are allowed to declared as they like on the label. However, it is a marketing scheme as both 'Extra Virgin' and 'Virgin' is of similar grade. Until a regulatory body for coconut oil is set up, I suggest you don't buy into the marketing gimmick which is 'Extra Virgin Coconut Oil'. Stick to the best the market have to offer at the moment which is 'Virgin Coconut Oil'(virgin means unrefined). You can also take it up a notch and make your own coconut oil. You can then guarantee that it'll be as clean as possible! =) Lotsa tutorials on youtube. I have made my own batch and it smells heavenly(I use the low heat method - its still considered as cold process as long as its below a certain temperature)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Planning to add some coconut oil to the next batch of olive oil soap for lather to baby oil soap that I have rebatched and added baby and baby powder. Baby oil is mineral oil that won't sponnify, so I don't superfat the soap at all. I didn't add water to the rebatch to add the oil and added baby powder to shorten dry time. I will be adding the coconut oil to bring up the lather. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i lkie coconut oil,n am thinking of making a blend soap of coconut oil and cooking fat,wil it give me a good bathing soap?or should i expect a washing soap instead.plz help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info, loved watching the video too.... I'll give it a go!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. I am going to try.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Since becoming an herbalist, i generally make my own natural products, coconut soap being one of them. Great Lens!

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      bcrozier 5 years ago

      Hadn't really considered using this much coconut oil before, worth a shot!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Great ideas on soap making, must try this. Blessed**