Properties of Soap Making Oils
In soap making, choosing the oils in your soap recipe is a crucial step in soap making. You
need to remember that different soap making oils have different properties and qualities, which will eventually
show on the final soap you produce.
Making soap is not just about mixing lye with the oil but you have to remember that soap making is an art of
balancing the oils for soap making in order for you to create the perfect bar of soap for your personal use. Here
is some of the most common soap making oils along with its properties or qualities. By knowing about the properties
of different soap making oils, you will be able to know which mixture is perfect for your soap.
The first is the apricot kernel oil. This is basically light oil, which is quite similar to almond oil in its
fatty acid makeup. The great thing about this is that it absorbs nicely in to the skin and is considered to be good
luxury conditioned oil in soap. Apricot kernel oil is great for bath oils, soap, massage oils, as well as bath
Almond oil is another type of oil that is popular for soap making. The property of this certain oil is that it
has the ability to moisturize the skin and it is also very light and absorbs well. As a soap, this oil produces low
and stable lather.
Another popular oil in soap making is the avocado oil. It is known as moisturizing oil and it has a high
percentage of unsaponifiables or the portions of the oil that does not react with lye in order to form soap. This
means that this is great oil to superfat with. If you have sensitive skin, then avocado oil is the oil that you
should use for soap making. Although avocado oil as soap may feel heavy on the skin, you will find that it does
absorb nicely after a while.
Soaps made with avocado oil have high content of vitamins A, D, and E, which is good for your skin and it gives
it a good shelf life.
Coconut oil is another type of oil that is very popular among a lot of soap makers. When this oil is turned in
to soap, it gives off a bubbly lather and makes the soap very hard and also really white in color. Coconut oil has
the property of super cleansing your skin and it can also strip oils from your skin. However, using more than 30
percent coconut oil in your soap recipe can cause your skin to dry.
For the best quality soap, you have to use olive oil. Olive oil soaps are very moisturizing and it also makes
hard and white bars of soap. They are exceptionally mild, which is perfect for sensitive skin. However, you may
want to remember that the lather produced by soap made purely out of olive oil is low and it can also be slimy. You
may want to combine olive oil and other oils in order to improve the lather. Most experts combine coconut oil and
palm oil with olive oil in order for it to moisturize and at the same time, produce nice lather.
Rice bran oil is another type of oil used in soap making. This is a cheaper alternative to olive oil and it is
as creamy and has the moisturizing qualities of olive oil. Another great benefit of rice bran oil is that it also
has the same antioxidants and vitamins that olive oil has. It has similar fatty acid make up. The only disadvantage
of rice bran oil over olive oil is the short shelf life, which is about 6 months.
These are some of the popular soap making oils and its properties. As you can see, there are quite a lot of oils
that you can use in soap making. In order to make the perfect soap, try experimenting in combining different oils.
You will find several soap recipes online, which you can modify in order to suit your needs. By knowing about the
properties of soap making oils, you will be able to create the perfect bar of soap, which will be gentle to your
skin and one that will provide you with a lot of skin benefits.