Coconut Oil and Health Benefits – Using Coconut Oil for Soap Making

Coconut oil for Making Cold Process Soap and creating Bubbles in your Soap

coconut-1327503When 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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8 Responses to Coconut Oil and Health Benefits – Using Coconut Oil for Soap Making

  1. hillary says:

    This is so timely-i just made my first trial batch of dish soap, and i am curious whether you think coconut oil would be a good addition. I used castile soap bar (melted), liquid castile soap and washing flakes–plus some essential oils. Thanks for feedback?

    • Teresa says:

      Your recipe sounds good the way it is Hillary. I don’t add any coconut to mine, some people will add a little to help get some suds, but not to much because it may end up to thick.

  2. Sarah says:

    I just love your website so much! My husband and I have been trying to get away from using all the store bought stuff and make as much of our cleaning products as we can. Also my friend recently turned me on to using essential oils. Anyway, now I am loving using coconut oil in different ways. I’m not quite at making my own soap yet, but when I’m ready I know where to look. I was curious, do you have a personal favorite scent when it comes to your soap making?

  3. Alisa says:

    Hi Teresa
    I love your idea of brushing you teeth with coconut oil. I’ll try that now! I’m also looking forward to using your tips for my soap-making. Thanks Alisa

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Alisa, yes I’ve been brushing my teeth with coconut oil off and on for awhile now and have definitely noticed a difference. Enjoy your soap making and watch our site for more tips. Have a great day!

  4. Shalini says:

    Hi Teresa,
    I really like your tip of brushing teeth with coconut oil, I am definitely going to try it. Should I use organic coconut oil?
    Thanks,
    Shalini

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