Shea Butter, Palm Oil, And Olive Oil In Soap Making

Shea Butter, Palm Oil, and Olive Oil in soap making. Shea butter, palm oil and olive oil are great for making soap. I use Shea butter at the very end. That's an oil that you have to be careful with in high...

I use Shea butter at the very end. That's an oil that you have to be careful with in high heat. It's very moisturizing, but it can get grainy. You have to add it at the very end of melting your oil. It comes from the fruit of an African butter tree and it is used in many skin products because it penetrates deep into the skin and kind of gives back its elasticity. It protects against the weather from sun. It is well known to help in dryness, dermatitis, eczema and burns and also helps with the hard stable lather and the quick saponification process.


Palm oil is quite similar to coconut oil. It has just a little bit difference in property from the coconut oil. It makes the oils very compatible to work together. It's considered a real superior oil for the moisturizing effect and it also reacts quickly and pulls all the others together into the saponification process.




Olive oil is a great moisturizer. It holds the moisture close to the skin, but it allows the skin to perform its natural function. But when you make it into soap, plain olive oil soap would be very soft and would not make hard bar soap. It would have very little lather. So it's not a real friendly oil to make soap with. When combined with coconut and palm (the hard oils) the two just compliment each other wonderfully. You want to use the cheaper grade olive oil rather than the extra-virgin. Extra-virgin in soap making is harder to work with. It tends to overreact with the other soaps and it produces the dark bar soap. There is something in the coconut and the palm oil that helps to make a white bar soap.

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