There are so many wonderful oils to use when making natural soaps. I tend to stick with just a few staple oils that make for some truly phenomenal soap! Here is a list of my staple oils that are used to create most of my soap bars. Occasionally I will switch it up, but for the most part I like to make soap with coconut, palm kernel, palm, olive, castor oils & Shea butter. Here is some information regarding each of these ingredients.
|Shea Nuts On Tree|
Another staple on The Naked Bar ingredient list is Unrefined Shea Butter. Shea Nuts are the fruit of the Shea Tree found in Africa. While naturally rich in a number of vitamins, it is popular for having Vitamins A, E, & F. This ingredient makes for a creamy lathering soap.
Olive oil is an essential ingredient in all of our soaps. With it's richness in nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins this oil is key to maintaining youthful and radiant skin. Olive oil also contains a natural moisturizer, called squalene. Sebum is what makes our skin too greasy, but squalene has the incredible ability of regulating its secretion.
Coconut OilThe benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. Coconut Oil is another lathering agent in soap. Coconut oil is quickly becoming the popular ingredient in many products for both outside and inside the body!
|Palm Kernels & Oil|
Palm Kernel Oil -is extracted from the nut or "kernel" of a species of African Palm tree. The properties of this particular oil are very similar to that of coconut oil. This ingredient makes for a particularly hard bar of soap that also had a luxurious lather.