15 Amazing coconut oil for skin Recipes

10. How to Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap

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How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap (For Cleansing And Laundry)

Ingredients:

All amounts are per weight. You will need to use a digital scale for these measurements.

 Lathering Skin Bar (20% superfat)

Makes approximately 44 oz. of soap.

Note: Because this soap is highly superfatted it can create a very dense lather when rubbed directly on skin. For a light, bubbly effect I recommend lathering with a natural sponge like this one.

  • 33 oz coconut oil, 76 degree*
  • 4.83 ounces lye (NaOH)**
  • 12.54 oz water
  • .5 – 1 ounce essential oils (optional)

Laundry Soap (1% superfat)

Makes approximately 44 oz. of soap.

  • 33 oz coconut oil, 76 degree*
  • 5.9 ounces lye (NaOH)**
  • 12 oz water
  • .5 – 1 ounce lavender or other essential oils (optional)

* For soap making purposes there are several types of coconut oil. The stuff I buy has a melting point of 76 degrees. This is the most commonly available kind and the preferred type for soap making. There is also a coconut oil that has a melting point of 92 degrees and another that is “fractionated,” meaning that the long chain triglycerides have been removed, leaving only saturated fats. I have not tested this recipe with either the 92 degree or fractionated oils, but it works well with the 76 degree type.

** You can often find 100% lye in the drain cleaner section of a mom n’ pop hardware store. Lye is a naturally occurring substance that can be made by burning hardwoods and boiling the ashes, but it’s much easier to just buy. If you don’t see it, ask a sales clerk for help. They may be keeping it behind the counter because it has multiple uses. Be prepared to explain that you want to make soap, not meth. :)

Equipment:

Note: According to Anne Watson, author of Smart Soapmaking, you can use your regular kitchen utensils as long as you follow these guidelines.

 

  • crock pot – 8 quart

  • stick blender

  • digital scale

  • thermometer

  • glass measuring cups

  • small glass bowls

  • plastic spoon with long handle (if you use a wooden spoon like the one pictured below, make sure not to use it for anything but soapmaking)

  • rubber spatula

  • sink or bowl filled with vinegar and water for cleaning anything that comes in contact with lye. Follow by cleaning with soap.

  • protective equipment: long-sleeved shirt, plastic/rubber gloves, safety glasses or protective eye gear

  • soap mold – A standard sized bread pan is perfect for this batch, cardboard boxes will also work

  • parchment paper for lining the soap mold

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