DIY Guide for Coconut Oil Soap (Cold-Pressed)

Do you know that coconut oil can be made anytime you want in the comfort of your home? This article will provide a DIY guide to making your coconut oil soap at home.

Tree of life is another name for the Coconut Tree (Cocos Nucifera L.) due to its enormous usefulness to man and the variety of products and byproducts that may come from it.

Coconuts and coconut oil have recently seen a surge in popularity due to their purported health advantages. Celebrity endorsements for coconut oil fuel the trend as they claim it can reduce belly fat, suppress hunger, boost the immune system, shield against heart disease, and fend off dementia and Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil was evaluated as “healthy” by 72% of Americans in a poll, while just 37% of nutritionists concurred. Popular diets now include the Paleo and ketogenic diets, both of which use coconut oil.

Do you know that coconut oil can be made anytime you want in the comfort of your home? This article will provide a DIY guide to making your coconut oil soap at home.

Is it Possible to Make Soap Using Coconut Oil?

Due to its ability to help produce hard bars with fluffy, consistent lather, coconut oil is a popular soapmaking oil. For many of us, it’s also affordable and easily accessible. However, most soapmakers won’t utilise it at a level higher than 20–30% of a conventional soap formulation because it is perceived as drying. When it contributes at that rate, it does so without causing your skin to become dry.

However, it appears soap makers have been mistaken because more than 20%-30% coconut oil can be used in a soap recipe. The secret is to add 20% super fat to the mix and give the finished bars an extended curing period. With this recipe, you can make hard, white soap bars that are soft on your skin and provide a good lather.

How to Make Homemade Coconut Oil Soap

The Ingredients:

  • Lye Solution:

66 g Sodium hydroxide (2.35 oz)

150 g Distilled water (5.29 oz)

  • Solid Oils

454 g Coconut oil (refined) 16 oz

The Equipment:

  • Digital Kitchen Scale
  • Square silicone mould
  • To melt the solid oils, use a stainless steel pan.
  • Rubber spatula for stirring and scraping
  • A large dish for placing the liquid oils’ measurement
  • Infrared thermometer / digital thermometer
  • Heat-proof jug for the lye-solution
  • Goggles (eye protection)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Preparation for Soap Making

  1. Ensure you have all the tools, supplies, and equipment at your soapmaking station. Utilise a digital scale to measure the materials in advance. When measuring the lye, be sure to use gloves.

Lye Solution Making

  1. Set yourself up in a space with sufficient ventilation, wear your rubber gloves, and wear your eye protection (goggles). Perfect locations are outside, on a porch, or beneath a stove. Using a stainless steel spoon, pour the sodium hydroxide into the water and stir. Don’t breathe the fumes in, please.
  2. Stir thoroughly and allow to cool to 100°F (38°C) in a secure location. You can place the jug of lye solution in the sink submerged in cold water.

Melting Coconut Oil

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a stainless steel pan over very low heat until it just starts to liquefy. Coconut oil will melt faster than you expect because of its low melting point of around 76°F/24°C. Resist the urge to increase the temperature.
  2. Please turn off the heat and remove the pan when the coconut oil has completely melted, then let it cool on a potholder. Stir frequently and allow it cool to 100°F (38°C). Even though the recipe doesn’t specify an essential oil or scent, you could do so at this time if you choose. It could be challenging for beginners to add the essential oil after tracing, as is typical in soap recipes. With little time to add it after it thickens, coconut oil soap can trace quite quickly.

Making Coconut Oil Soap

  1. Prepare the soap mould, ensure your gloves and goggles are on, and you won’t be interrupted for the next ten minutes.
  2. Put the lye solution into the pan of oils after both the lye solution and the oils have reached about 100°F (38°C). Pour the lye solution onto an oiled spoon to minimise air bubbles in your finished bars.
  3. Then combine the oil and lye solution until it reaches a trace. If you’re a beginner, I don’t advise using a stick blender for this recipe. It can swiftly trace (thicken/emulsify), at least not at first. Use a stainless steel or silicone spatula to stir slowly instead. Feel free to dip your stick blender into the pot and give it a few spins if the soap does not trace as rapidly and you are still stirring after a few minutes.
  4. When the consistency resembles the thickness of warm pudding, the soap will be a trace. If you drizzle batter on top of it, it won’t have a perfectly level surface but rather a light roughness.

Molding Coconut Oil Soap

  1. I advise using a silicone mould with cavities as you pour the soap into it; coconut oil soap hardens quickly and may be challenging to cut into bars if dried for too long. If you want to use a loaf mould, remove the soap from it as soon as possible and cut it. You can do this as soon as two hours after you pour, but less than 12 hours. If you wait any longer, your bars can break or be challenging to cut. Following cutting, cure as directed.
  2. Place the soap away from children and pets on a kitchen counter or any similar surface that is out of the sun. After the soap has been inside for 48 hours, pop it out and cure it.

Cutting the Soap

  1. Leave your coconut soap bars to cure for at least ten weeks in an airy area and out of direct sunlight. Ten weeks may seem like a long time, but if you use the soap before the allotted time has passed, your skin may have been overcleaned, leaving it dry and irritated. Coconut oil soap becomes mild enough to use like any other body soap after ten or more weeks.
  2. The soap will be hard and white at the end of the curing period.
  3. You can store the soap for up to two years after it is manufactured. But be sure to check the coconut oil’s best-by date because that will also be the best-by date for your soap.

Final Thoughts

Coconut oil soap is easy to do and natural and pure, making it ideal for everyday usage, especially if you are allergic to scents and essential oils. Just remember to take safety precautions when making them.

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