You may have noticed that I really like Camellia Oil and Coconut Milk in my soap recipes! Especially those homemade soap recipes that are on the plainer side. I use Camellia oil because it has so many great properties that appeal to me and my skin type.
If you have a preference for a particular oil...say avocado, hemp seed, apricot kernel, sweet almond, etc....you can substitute it for the Camellia oil.
You can also easily make this recipe Palm Free by simply switching out the palm oil for lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter.
Just remember that any time you change an oil in a recipe you must run the recipe through a lye calculator to get the correct amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) needed.
As for the coconut milk...you don't have to use it at all if you don't want to....just increase the water amount by the amount of the omitted milk. Another option is to swap milks. If you really like goat's milk, use it instead. That's the great thing about making homemade soap...you can make it whatever you want.
Camellia Oil - 90 gr. | 3.18 oz. | 10%
Coconut Oil - 180 gr. | 6.35 oz. | 20%
Olive Oil - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. | 30%
Castor Oil - 90 gr. | 3.18 oz. | 10%
Palm Oil** - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. | 30%
Distilled Water - 200 gr. | 7.05 oz.
Coconut Milk - 97 gr. | 3.42 oz.
Lye - 125.3 gr. | 4.42 oz.
Water as % of Oils = 33
Super Fat/Discount = 5%
**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Just be sure to re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.
1. Make the camellia oil soap base following the instructions for your preferred soap making method on "The Process" page.
2. Do not mix the coconut milk in with the water and lye solution...hold it back until the soap batter reaches a thin trace.
3. Once the soap reaches a thin trace, you can add the slightly warmed coconut milk.
4. Continue to stick blend the soap batter until a thick trace is reached and pour into your soap mould.
5. Finish up as per the instructions for the method you are using.
Many more Homemade Soap Recipes can be found on the main recipes page.