Coconut oil for Making Cold Process Soap and creating Bubbles in your Soap
When you add coconut oil to your list of soap making oils, you are adding special qualities that not every soap making oil has. Coconut oil will make a harder, better cleansing bar with fluffy lather. Usually this oil would be combined with other oils such as olive, palm, soy, castor and canola. This oil will definitely add nice big bubbles, even in salt water. Later we will get into Coconut Oil and Health Benefits, because there are too many not to ignore.
Coconut Oil Phases
Coconut oil for soap making comes in different phases, which means it comes with different melting points. The differences in the phased oils are:
- 76 degrees – this oil produces a great lather and hard bar. This is the most common for soap making
- 92 degrees – this oil also produces a hard bar, but doesn’t seem to lather as well as the 76 degree one
- Fractionated – basically is a fraction of the oil, it is processed to remove the long chain triglycerides which leave more saturated fats, it has a longer shelf but being processed takes it further away from being natural.
How much Coconut Oil to use in Soap making
As wonderful as this oil is when being used in soaps and lotions, just remember it can be drying to the skin when used in higher amounts. So, how much to use? When making soap the general rule is that your coconut oil should not make up more than 30% of your total oils.
You may ask…why is coconut oil drying? Well that is because this oil is made up of shorter-chain fatty acids, making it different from other oils. These shorter-chain fatty acids are nourishing to the skin and do penetrate it, but they do not form a moisture seal like other oils do to help keep that moisture in, so if you already have dry skin and want to get the benefits of coconut oil it is best to add other oils that are known for there humectant properties (moisture retention) to get those benefits.
The finer the grade of coconut oil the better the properties, a 100% raw cold pressed virgin coconut oil will have the best antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut Oil and Health Benefits
Nutritionally, coconut oil is the preferred oil used by body builders and athletes as well as dieters. This is because it contains fewer calories than other oils and its fat turns to energy and it’s a safe fat, as it does not accumulate in the heart and arteries. This oil helps to boost energy.
When ingested coconut oil helps our bodies to take in minerals like magnesium and calcium, which are important nutrients for our bones. Saying this, coconut oil can be also used in dental care, with it’s ability to absorb calcium into the body, it helps to maintain strong teeth.
I brush my teeth with coconut oil every day; it also helps to whiten your teeth naturally.
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