How to Make Coconut Milk Soap


If you have ever suffered from dry, itchy skin, you may know that soaps made with milk are among the most soothing, gentle ones you can use. You can find soaps made from goats' milk, donkey milk, sheep's milk, cow's milk and buttermilk, but if you want a lovely tropical fragrance you may really enjoy soap made from coconut milk. Although you can buy this type of soap in specialty stores or online, you can also make it yourself by the cold process soap making method if you are so inclined. Read on to learn how to make coconut milk soap.

Things You'll Need

  • 5.6 oz. coconut milk
  • 5.9 oz. olive oil
  • 5.6 oz.coconut oil
  • 4.8 oz. palm oil
  • 2 oz. canola oil
  • 1 oz. castor oil
  • 2.8 oz. lye
  • 0.8 oz. fragrance oil
  • Heatproof, microwavable containers
  • Soap molds
  • Clean towel
  • Wax paper
  • Freeze about half of your coconut milk in an ice cube tray. The proportion isn't crucial here, nor do you need to freeze it until it's completely solid, but it helps to keep the milk properly chilled.

  • Measure the lye into a large bowl, and then mix in a little of the coconut milk. Add the rest of the milk slowly, stirring in the frozen chunks. They lye will heat and thicken the solution--you'll need to let it cool down to at least 90 degrees F before you add the other ingredients.

  • Measure the solid oils into a large microwavable container such as a Pyrex measuring pitcher, then microwave for about a minute to melt them. Add in the liquid oils and mix.

  • Pour the lye solution into the oils. Mix the soap well, stirring constantly until it's really thick.

  • Pour the soap into a soap mold (or molds), then tap the mold lightly against a counter to make sure that there are no bubbles. Cover the soap with a clean towel.

  • Let the soap harden for at least three days before taking it out of the mold. Slice it as desired, then wrap in wax paper and let cure for another week before using.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make this in any amount you choose; the proportions of the oils are 30 percent coconut, 30 percent olive, 25 percent palm, 10 percent canola and 5 percent castor.
  • Be very careful with the lye and lye mixtures as they can burn you if spilled on your skin or clothing.
  • Make sure that the containers and utensils you use for mixing the lye are heat-proof as lye can reach very hot temperatures.
  • Do not use any container that has been used to hold lye in food preparation as trace amounts of lye will remain in the container and can be harmful if consumed.

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