Canola Oil for Soap Making
I don’t use Canola oil in my soap making because it is a genetically modified product, but that is not saying it is bad for soap.
It is just my choice. When it comes to Canola Oil vs Olive Oil. I choose Olive Oil.
I have a soap maker friend that switched, she replaced the Olive Oil in her soap to a 80/20 Olive/Canola mix and then later she switched to a 50/50 mix.
The 50/50 mix did created a softer bar that did go rancid if not used up within a year. The 80/20 appeared to produced a much stable bar.
She switched over to try and reduce the costs, which are substantial. A 16L of Olive oil will cost around 12 cents an ounce, where as the same size container of Canola Oil will cost 4 1/2 cents an ounce.
That’s a big savings when you are selling soap.
A Canola Oil Bar
Canola will still make a nice bar, although it will take longer to saponify if using larger amounts.
Often you will find that the sap values for Olive and Canola are the same in one resource and then different in another.
Making soap with canola will give you a bar with a stable lather and skin conditioning properties.
This bar will take longer to cure and depending on the amount of Canola, and the bars may be softer or appear hard, but turn to gel when you start using them.
The bars also do not last as long and will get yellow spots on after a period of time.
My advise when using Canola oil for soap making is to use Olive oil as well as Coconut and Palm oil.
This way you can cut your costs while maintaining a fresh bar for a longer period of time.
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