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  • Palm Oil Free CP Soap

    Hi

    I am experimenting with making C P Soap but without the addition of palm oil. I understand that palm oil helps to harden the soap. Do you think the addition of cocoa butter would be a good substitute to harden the soap instead, but obviously not in the same quantity?

    Any thoughts on this would be great.

  • #2
    Before embarking on a formula, you should really use a good soap calc.

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    • #3
      I haven't made my first batch yet, so i'm not speaking from experience but I looked at one of the soap calcs and it tells you all the qualities of the different soaps, so based on the info it gave, I decided to use coconut oil instead of palm. I don't know how well it will work but time will tell. I think its going to be a bit of a trial and error but the soap calcs take a lot of the guess work out of it

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      • #4
        Im currently using a olive oil & Coconut oil formula, and I will be adding shea butter to that soon, I want to stay away from palm

        so yes you could use cocoa butter ... Some people use 5% and others up to 20%, I don't think you want anymore than that

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies - I have a good soap calc and am thinking of using olive pomace, coconut oil and say 10% cocoa butter and 5% castor oil.

          Any comments on this?!!

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          • #6
            i have never used palm oil in any of my soaps, and i have always been very pleased with how they have turned out. for my oil mix i usually use up to 50% olive oil, around 25% coconut oil, 10% shea butter, then top up with whatever other oils i feel are right for that particular type of soap (obviously recalculating the lye for whatever i add).
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            • #7
              My favourite palm free recipe is 63% pomace, 30% coconut oil and the remainder is castor oil. It ends up a bit softer than my palm ones but has a lovely and creamy lather and we use it a lot.

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              • #8
                Hi. Thanks for the tips, they are in fact very similar to my soaps. I want a fairly hard soap with a good lather but which will not melt too quickly once they are wet.

                I've had a look at your facebook page and your soaps look fab. Good luck with your new website.

                Lizzie.

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                • #9
                  Hard and with good lather... I thick coconut oil should do the trick. I hear that some people add a little castor oil to "stabilise" lather although I've yet to try this myself. Here's a good recipe using just coconut, olive and sunflower oils:

                  http://www.channel4.com/4homes/how-t...w-to-make-soap

                  From a fellow soaper trying to avoid palm oil :-)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thestitchandfold View Post
                    Hard and with good lather... I thick coconut oil should do the trick. I hear that some people add a little castor oil to "stabilise" lather although I've yet to try this myself. Here's a good recipe using just coconut, olive and sunflower oils:

                    http://www.channel4.com/4homes/how-t...w-to-make-soap

                    From a fellow soaper trying to avoid palm oil :-)
                    If you look a couple of posts up you'll see that I use the castor oil option and it does indeed work very well. Personally I find it much better than without.

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