So, I've been looking at other soaper's blogs and YouTube videos for advice and help with some techniques that I wanted to try and I noticed that so many of their recipes contain palm oil. Personally, I have never used it. There is nothing wrong with palm oil and I hear that it produces a nice lather, but it is sometimes not sustainably sourced and, well, I like to do my little part in reducing my carbon footprint as well as living and buying naturally. But, I also noticed the plethora of other oils being used out there, so I decided to research and order a few. I'm so excited with what I found and I just HAD to share!
Oils are the "base" of your soap and each of them serves a different purpose. Some are standard base oils or butters, some are considered carrier oils (good for "carrying" fragrance) and some are luxury oils. Luxury oils tend to not only be more luxurious, but often more expensive as well. Some oils/butters even fall into more than one category. They are generally categorized as soft, hard or brittle. Soft oils are what we generally think of as oil. Quite simply put, they are liquid oils like olive oil. Hard oils are "scoop-able" oils, somewhat solid like coconut oil or mango butter. Brittle oils are very solid and don't melt easily like cocoa butter or beeswax. All oils or butters will impact either texture, lather, color etc or a combination depending on the percentage of each oil or combination. With the exception of Castile Soap, generally, soap is not made with just one base oil. Castile Soap, which originated in Spain (thus the name), is made with olive oil and no other oils. Although, single oil soap is not unheard of, usually, you need a combination of oils or the soap might be too soft, too harsh or have other issues. As fabulous as coconut oil is for the skin, too much of it can also be drying. So it's a good idea to balance it with some other oils. Some oils are also more comedogenic (pore clogging) than others, so high percentages of them shouldn't be added to soaps meant for your face.
In a previous post I listed some of the benefits of the oils and butters I have used in Kimsoapia Kreations. Now let me share my new findings for some of the newest additions! Look for these new goodies in the upcoming Spring and Summer Kreations.
Well, that about covers it for the new base oils I'll be adding in the future. If you are interested in beginning a hobby "kreating" your own soaps, there are many tutorials available all over the internet. Meanwhile, here is a handy take-away I found at Soapqueen.com which lists some attributes of common soaping oils to get your "kreative" juices flowing. And, please check back soon for upcoming "how-tos" from Kimsoapia Kreations.
Welcome! My name is Kim. I'm a wife, mother, teacher, grandmother, avid crafter of all sorts and yoga enthusiast. Kimsoapia Kreations is my latest kreative endeavor. Everything is kreated with love and healing in my heart. I hope you enjoy.