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)
Measure each of the ingredients in a bowl by using a kitchen scale. This should be done in a well-ventilated area and you should wear protective clothing. Add the sodium hydroxide into the pot with the coffee, in this order and wait for a while until it is fully dissolved. Set aside and remove the face mask, but not the gloves.
Step #3 (Emulsify)
Melt the coconut oil on low heat and then combine it with the olive oil. Use a thermometer made from stainless steel to check the temperature and adjust it to the temperature of the lye, which is 100-110 degrees.
Then, mix the lye solution with the oils and use a blender to emulsify. You should get a thick mixture, which usually takes 5-10 minutes with a stick blender. Once the mixture becomes thick enough, mix it with the coffee grounds and oats with a spatula.
Step #4 (Pour and Insulate)
Pour the mixture into a soap mold, lifting the mold to release any air bubbles. To insulate/ protect the mold, cover it with parchment paper and wrap it with a towel.
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)
You should keep the soap bars in a well-ventilated place for a few weeks. During this time the process of saponification will end and the excess fluid will simply evaporate.