Lard for Soap Making

Lard, as most people know, is obtained from pigs (hogs). Pork fat has long been used in the soap making industry and it's easy to see why.

Not only is it very cheap but it really does produce a great bar of soap when used with other oils.

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Lard Properties

  • Is a soft, creamy, white oil that produces a very white bar of soap and is best used in a formula with other oils such as coconut and olive. 20% to 40% in a formula is usually good.
  • Tends to be one of the less expensive oil.
  • Be sure to purchase food quality lard to avoid that 'piggy smell' and if possible get it from the refrigerated section. Not all grocery stores refrigerate it.
  • Produces a stable, conditioning, long lasting lather.
  • It is very similar to Palm when used in soap making and with the controversy surrounding Palm oil, Lard is a great alternative.

Check out these recipes using lard:

Sweet Citrus Honey


Rum Runner

The chart below shows the approximate percentages of fatty acids present in this oil.

Lauric Myristic Palmitic Stearic Ricinoleic Oleic Linoleic Linolenic
1 28 13   46 6  
Full Lather   F/L  
  Stable Lather  

This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.

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