Oils, Butters and Fat Used In Soapmaking

Here you will find a list of oils, butters and fats. I will tell you if Oil, Butter or Fat is soft, brittle or hard, how much to use of them and properties once they become soap.

Coconut Oil - Produces a hard bar with lots of large fluffy bubbles. You can use 15 - 50%

Palm Oil - Produces a hard bar with medium bubbles. Soap containing palm oil last longer and can be used from 25 - 50% in your soap recipe.

Olive Oil - Produces a soft bar with low slippery lather to no bubble. Use 25 - 100%

Lard - Hard bar. Medium creamy lather. Great to use for laundry soap. Use 25 - 50%

Tallow (Beef) - Exact same properties as Lard

Babassu Oil - Brittle Bar. Large fluffy bubbles. Use 15 - 30%

Palm Kernel Oil - Brittle Bar. Large fluffy bubbles. Use 15 - 30%

Cocoa Butter - Brittle Bar. Medium lotion-like lather. Long lasting bar. Use 5-15%

Shea Butter - Hard Bar. Medium lotion-like lather. Long lasting bar. Use 5-20%

Mango Butter - Hard Bar. Adds luxurious conditioning and moisturizing to the soap. Use 5-20%

Castor Oil - Soft. Likely to be used to make shampoo bars or shaving bars. Use 5-10%

Apricot Kernel Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Avocado Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Jojoba Oil - Soft. Stabilizes and suspends lather. Use 5-8%

Sunflower Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Grapeseed Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Hazelnut Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5%

Hemp Seed Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5%

Safflower Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Soybean Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%

Rice Bran Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Makes soap look less dull Use 5-12%

Almond Sweet Oil - Soft. Medium lather. Use 5-12%



Soft, Brittle or Hard Oils, Butter and Fat

When we say soft, Brittle or Hard we are referring to what the Oil, Butter or Fat will do in room temperature. Soft oils will stay in liquid form. Brittle oils will stay solid in room temperature but will require some chipping or scraping in order to break them apart. Hard oil will remain solid but are scoopable at room temperature. 



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