Coconut oil soap is abundant in health benefits, such as moisturizing, firming, clearing, and preventing outbreaks.
Coconut oil itself is packed with a wide array of uses and benefits for the skin, including the following:
– It keeps the skin moisturized, healthy, and smooth
– It gets rid of dead skin cells
– It effectively hydrates extremely dry skin
– It prevents and heals microbial infections and treats cold sores
– It eliminates toxic matter from the body
– It alleviates the pain, itch, and redness of rash
– If you are interested in preparing your own coconut oil soap in 6 steps, read on.
Homemade Coconut Oil Soap Recipe
– 48 ounces of coconut oil
– 48 ounces of olive oil
– 22 ounces of sodium hydroxide (lye)
– 1/3 cup of oat bran
– 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds
– 9 ounces of coffee
– Stainless steel thermometer
– Kitchen scale
– Gloves, protective eyewear, face mask
– Stainless steel pot
– Measuring cups and spoons
– Hand blender
– Mixing bowls
– Stainless steel spoon
– Silicone spatula
– Parchment paper
– Soap mold
Step #2 (Measure and Mix)
Use a kitchen scale to measure each of the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area. Also, don’t forget to wear protective clothing.
You should add the sodium hydroxide into the pot with the coffee. Wait for a while so it will be completely dissolved. Set aside and remove the face mask, but not the gloves.
Step #3 (Emulsify)
The olive oil should be added after melting the coconut oil on low heat. Check the temperature of the mixture by using a thermometer made from stainless steel, and adjust it to the temperature of the sodium hydroxide solution. That is in the range of 100 and 110 degrees (The difference between the temperatures should be 1 to 2 degrees).
Pour the lye solution into the oil mixture, and use stick blender or hand blender to emulsify until the blend starts to thicken and gets pudding-like texture. It takes about one hour with hand blender and about 5-10 minutes with stick blender. When the consistence of the soap becomes thick, stir in the coffee grounds and the oat brand with stainless steel spoon or spatula.
Step #4 Pour and Insulate
Pour the blend carefully into a soap mold. Release any air bubbles by lifting and tapping the mold against the counter several times. Cover the mold with parchment paper and wrap it by using a towel to insulate it.
Step #5 Let Sit and Cut Bars
Keep the mold wrapped for 24 to 48 hours and then remove the soap from it. Let the soap stay for a few days to harden before cutting it with a sharp knife.
Step #6 (Cure)
Let the soap bars in a cool space which is well-ventilated for weeks to cure. In this period of time, the process of saponification of the soap will be finished and the excess water will evaporate. Your soap will be now ready to use.