Foundation Oils Used

Almond Oil is a very light moisturizing oil that absorbs well. It produces a stable lather in soap. Contains vitamins and minerals. Good for dry and irritated skin.

Argan Oil comes from the Argan tree in Morocco. It takes one women 3 days to make one liter of this oil. It has earned the name, "liquid gold" because it is believed to heal stretch marks, acne and scars. However, scientific evidence may be lacking for some of these claims. We do know that it contains vitamin E, carotenes, squalene, and is 80% unsaturated fatty acids. So, that is still some really good stuff!

Avocado Oil is a moisturizing oil, often used in soap for people with sensitive skin. It is high in Vitamins A,D & E, amino acids and protein so it promotes healing. (I use a lot of Avocado oil in my soaps.)

Babassu Oil has properties similar to Coconut Oil, but it is non greasy. It is high in fat and fatty acids. It provides a protective coating on the skin. It is great for eczema, an other problem skin. This oil comes from the nuts of a tree that looks like a palm tree and grows in Brazil.

Canola Oil gives a nice, creamy lather and also moisturizes. It contains proteins.

Castor Oil acts as a humectant by attracting and holding moisture to your skin. It is almost entirely composed of ricinoliec fatty acid, found in no other oils and possesses a high affinity for water molecules. Soap makers have to be careful with the castor because it makes the bar too soft. It create bubbles.

Coconut Oil is a primary oil used by soapmakers. It gives a bubbly lather to soap and makes a hard, white bar. It is also a great cleanser and too much coconut oil in the soap can actually dry out your skin.

Cocoa Butter is moisturizing and conditioning oil. Cocoa puts down a protective layer that holds moisture to the skin, like a humectant. It softens the skin. It has natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity. It has a natural chocolate scent, but can also be purchased unscented.

Grapeseed Oil is lightweight and moisturizing. It has astringent qualities and is good for acne and other skin problems. It is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Hemp Seed Oil is a deep green color with a nutty smell. It looks like motor oil! It comes from the seed of the cannabis plant, but it does not smell like marijuana nor have the affects that marijuana has. (I do not know this first hand.) It has vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It creates a creamy/silky lather. It has a short shelf life so soap makers usually keep it in the freezer or refrigerator.

Jojoba (ho-ho-ba) Oil is a liquid wax that has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a good skin conditioner and an emollient for skin conditions like psoriasis or acne. It's chemical composition is very close to the skin's own sebum. It unclogs pores and removes grime. It is easily absorbed by the skin. It is also an expensive oil.

Lard is processed rendered pig fat. We have experimented with lard, but we do not have any at this time, nor do we have any plans to start. Commercial bars use lard as their primary ingredient under the name, tallow-waite. Soap manufacturers obtain the lard from rendering plants. Since it would normally be thrown away, it is very economical to purchase. It makes a good cleanser and it lathers very well.

Olive Oil is usually the soap makers #1 oil. Olive oil is very moisturizing and makes a hard bar of soap. Unfortunately, it does not not lather very well. It is the soap for babies. Have you ever seen Castille soap. To be considered a castille soap, it must be at least 72% olive oil.

Much can be said about olive oils. There are different grades of olive oil. The extra virgin oil oil is the first mechanical pressing of the olives. No hot water or chemicals can be used to extract the oil. Virgin olive oil also comes from the first pressing and must also be done without hot water or chemicals. The difference is the acidity level in Virgin oil v. Extra Virgin oil is higher, thus the taste is not as good. Pure olive oil, sometimes called Grade A olive oil is a blend of virgin olive oil and refined oils. Refining takes away vitamins and nutrients and flavor. Pomace oil comes from the last drops of the olive. This oil comes from the skin and pit of the olive.

Olive Squalene contains lipids that are most like our skin. Squalane occurs in human sebum. Some believe the loss of squalene in our skin is responsible for the aging process. Olive squalane hydrates the skin.

Palm Oil is another primary oil used by soap makers. It is made from the fruit of the palm tree. It is a mild cleanser with a creamy lather in a hard bar.

Palm Kernel Oil is from the same plant as palm oil, but it is from the nut core of the fruit. It's properties are more like coconut oil. It also makes a hard bar with fluffy lather.

Rice Bran Oil is expressed from the husks of rice. It makes a creamy, moisturizing bar with antioxidants and vitamins. It has a short shelf life. It is good for mature, delicate or sensitive skin.

Safflower Oil is similar to soybean, canola or sunflower oil. Safflower contains a lot of vitamin E.

Shea Oil or butter is considered a luxury oil. It is a great skin conditioner emollient. It is good for dry skin, blemishes, skin discoloration, scars and wrinkles. It does not saponify very well so it's properties remain in the bar passed on to your skin.

Soybean Oil is a mild moisturizing with a creamy lather. It's very economical.

Stearic Acid is a component of many animal and vegetables oils. It can be added to soaps to increase hardness. It can be derived from palm oil.

Sunflower Oil gives a very nice rich creamy lather that's very moisturizing. It contains vitamin E.

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