Olive Oil and Coconut Milk Home Made Soap


Most home made soap recipes I came across, recommend adding  coconut oil to the home made cold process soaps as it helps create a rich lasting lather, but as I had some leftover fresh coconut milk plus the coconut water that nobody likes to drink, I made a batch of 100% olive oil, coconut water and coconut milk soap. I learned from the experience that the lather of 100% olive oil soaps is far from rich. However, the coconut water contains sugar while the coconut milk, contains the fats from which coconut oil is made, so with these two additions, I’m hoping that this batch of soap will be bubbly.

I created my recipe using this lye calculator: 

Olive Oil and Coconut Soap Recipe:

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  • Olive oil  – 1000 grams;
  • Sodium Hydroxide-  135 grams;
  • Frozen full fat Coconut milk plus coconut water – 300 grams
  • Citrus essential oils mixed in a tsp of cornflour and added at trace.

Method:

  • Weigh the Olive oil using a digital scales
  • Gradually add the lye granules and the frozen coconut milk and mix gently until the caustic soda and the ice melt and dissolved- It took about 10 minutes.
  • When lukewarm, add the lye and coconut milk solution to the unheated Olive Oil.
  • Mixed with the stick blender to achieve a light trace – moving a spoon on the surface leaves a trace for a few seconds. I guess using less liquid than recommended for the lye solution helped my soap mixture to trace faster. It took only 10 minutes (blending every other minute for about 30 seconds).
  • Add the citrus essential oils and cornflower mixture and blend a bit more. Then , the soap is ready to be pored into molds.
  • I covered all the soap molds with baking paper, pressing down gently, I covered the mold with some folded kitchen towels, put them on top of a cupboard, out of reach from nosy children, and left them there overnight to heat up and go through a gel stage. In the morning my Olive Oil and Coconut Soap was ready to be taken out of the soap mold and cut.
  • Despite being a hard soap, it wasn’t difficult to cut with a cheese knife.
  • After a two weeks cure in a cool well ventilated area, I tested one of the soaps. Simply rubbing the soap between wet hands is not enough to get this soap to lather. I placed the soap in an organza bag and tried again. This time, a rich stable foam formed very quickly. It feels silky and nourishing.