Coconut oil offers a terrific combination of cleansing, firming and skin-loving properties to our soap recipes. We use it in a variety of other bath and beauty projects such as scrubs and body butters as well. It has become increasingly popular in the past few years – it’s all over Pinterest – and a lot of people use coconut oil as a skin and hair moisturizer.
Coconut oil is harvested from the seeds of the coconut tree (cocos nucifera) and is primarily cultivated from Southeast Asia and the Philippines. It’s made up of various fatty acids, including saturated and non-saturated. In particular, coconut oil contains a large amount of lauric and myristic saturated acids. The unique fatty acid composition of coconut oil gives it fantastic cleansing properties.
Coconut oil is such a great cleanser, in fact, that it can strip the skin of moisture, so we carefully balance ours with other oils and plant butters. When we combine just the right percentages of coconut and other oils, we can produce creamy, bubbly soaps that are not only cleansing, but moisturizing, too.
Our last batch of this summer’s soaps, pictured above in its mold, still curing & almost ready to be sliced, is a great example of a coconut oil recipe. We combined it with other plant oils, plus rich mango butter and it’s turning out to be gorgeous. We’re anxious to start our fall and holiday soaps using coconut oil in just about every recipe, so stay tuned!