You've likely been asked before by some of your customers whether or not you have a coconut free soap. And the panic sets in. "I don't even know how to make a coconut free soap... I mean, I know IN THEORY how to make soap without coconut oil, but is it any good??"
Don't worry, boo. I gotchu.
Last year I spent quite a bit of time developing a coconut free recipe. I had a few people close to me who either had a sensitivity, or who choose to exclude coconut oil from their skincare or cleansing products. As an added bonus, this recipe actually turned out to be super great for facial cleansing because of how gentle it is.
The only downside --- If you lose the coconut oil, you sacrifice the bubbles. Not all of them, to be fair, but your lather will leave something to be desired if you are used to a bar that's packed with coconut oil. This is unavoidable, but a-okay as long as you know what you're gonna get.
So let's talk ingredients. First up, we have our solid fats. These are in the form of butters in this recipe.
Shea Butter - I use this in ALL of my soap (btw, if you want to snag my standard soap recipe, you can do so here.) Shea butter is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and to be great at moisturizing. It's an anti-oxidant, anti fungal and can even help prevent acne!
Mango Butter - This butter may accelerate your batter slightly, so be mindful of that before starting. It's known for being a great moisturizer and is also a great anti-oxidant. Some folks also say that when they use soap with mango butter that it helps plump and firm up skin. This might be the hero of your next Facial soap!
Cocoa Butter - This offers the bar hardness, as well as it's other properties. Cocoa butter is very easily absorbed into the skin and can be very moisturizing. It's also said to provide anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
As for the liquid portion, I'm using my usual cocktail of Canola (great for the skin and will counteract any acceleration from using a high percentage of these butters) Olive, and grapeseed oil.
I don't have a coconut sensitivity. Why should I care?
Coconut oil is used in soaps to offer hardness, and bubbles, but soap makers around the world also know that coconut oil produces a VERY cleansing and stripping soap. This is great when you're trying to whisk away unnecessary oils and dirt from the skin, but can be drying.
A soap without coconut oil will be, by definition, less stripping. This makes it perfect for facial cleansers and may be a good option for those who have chronic dry skin or eczema.
So, instead of looking at this recipe as a way to accommodate the small portion of the population that has a sensitivity or allergy, you can look at it as another recipe in your arsenal! Think about it! Maybe you can gather all of the awesome skin-healing additives that you can find and incorporate them into a soap like this? Sounds like a recipe for TLC.
Wanna pick up a copy of my coconut free recipe? Click here!
Comment below with any questions you might have!