Coconut Soap Recipe

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Coconut oil is one of the most commonly used oils in cold process soap making, along with olive oil. It’s also incredibly popular among natural beauty bloggers and DIYers, due to its amazing skin properties.

But there are two ways to incorporate coconut-derived ingredients in homemade soaps. In fact, there’s another coconut-product that is a bit underutilized in soap making: coconut milk.

Coconut Oil & Milk Soap Recipe


So many people talk about making milk soap, either from regular cow milk or from goat’s milk, that we can easily forget about the benefits of using coconut milk in soap making. Coconut milk will soothe and gently moisturize your skin, and the extra hydration will make it fell soft and smooth.

The recipe below uses both coconut oil AND coconut milk. The added fat of the coconut milk makes for a beautiful off-white bar, with delicious, rich and creamy lather:

Go to your favorite lye calculator to run the numbers. Use 5% superfat and replace the water with coconut milk, just like you would with goats milk.

Because coconut milk doesn’t seem to “burn” at high temperatures, some people will just mix it directly with lye. But just to be on the safe side, I prefer to use it as cold as I can.

Coconut Oil & Milk Soap

A Few Thoughts On 100% Coconut Soap

You must have seen already dozens of recipes that use pure coconut directly on the skin, from scalp treatments to body scrubs, to lotions. But if coconut oil is such a great moisturizer, why the only 100% coconut oil soap recipes are for laundry soaps?

For body soaps, it’s generally recommend that you don’t use more then 30% coconut oil in your recipes. Coconut oil is a very potent degreaser, and while a 100% recipe will make for great laundry soap, it can be too drying to use on the skin… Unless you superfat.

There’s a great post by Heater Dessinger from Mommypotamus, where she says that “by adding 20% more coconut oil than the lye can convert to soap, you end up with a luxurious body bar. Of course, this doesn’t work with most vegetable oils which go rancid easily – coconut oil’s high shelf stability is what makes it a good choice here”. Head over to her blog to see how she makes a laundry soap with 1% superfat and a lathering skin bar with 20% superfat.

While you’re there, make sure you check out her ebook DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, where she shares 50+ step-by-step recipes for making your own all natural, non-toxic, organic beauty products that are fun to make and cheaper than their store bought counterparts.

Don't know where to start? (cold process basics)

If you're new to soapmaking, I highly recommend "Natural Soapmaking" by Jan Berry (from It's perfect for beginners. I wish I'd read it before my first batch! She manages to be thorough and yet keep it simple and to the point.

I specially like her suggestions on natural colorings and how to work with botanicals and infusions. For only $9.99, you'll learn:

  • the basics of cold process soap making
  • what terms like “gel phase” and “trace” really mean
  • how to color soaps naturally with botanicals and clays
  • all about adding beneficial herbs and flowers to your soaps
  • how to use a lye calculator (it's not as hard as it seems, promise!)

For those who feel they need some extra hand-holding, her complete package also includes:

  • » All-Natural Milk Soaps Companion Guide
  • » Natural Shampoo Bars Companion Guide
  • » Printable Soap Making Checklist
  • » Instructional Guide to Lining a Soap Mold
  • » Access to a Private Facebook Group << this is priceless, IMHO

Interested? CLICK HERE to view more details!

Do you want to make your own soap, but have no idea where to start?

Do you want to make your own soap, but have no idea where to start?

Then you have to check out "Natural Soap Making" by Jan Berry. This ebook will show you:

 the basics of cold process soap making
 what “gel phase” and “trace” really mean
 how to color soaps naturally with botanicals and clays
 all about adding beneficial herbs and flowers to your soaps
 that lye calculators aren’t as intimidating as they seem
 plus it includes 25 palm-free recipes!


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