Last summer Debbi mailed me a few beautiful bars of her homemade soap. One was a goats milk bar, and the other was hemp milk, and I loved them both. Smooth, creamy, and gentle. Sadly they are both gone now, so I set out to make something similar. I happened to have coconut milk on hand, so I thought that would be a good place to start. The resulting Gentle Coconut Milk Soap bars are white and creamy, gentle and unscented. I love them.



Sadly the coconut milk scent doesn’t carry through, but coconut milk is still a lovely thing to have in soap. Coconut milk makes a gentle cleansing soap that’s rich in Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) and moisturizing. So, if you have sensitive skin (and if you’re sensitive to scents), this soap is a great choice. I think it’d be a great baby soap, but I don’t have a baby, so I’ll leave that up to the parents out there.

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Gentle Coconut Milk Soap

20% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
20% soy bean oil (or olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada))
25% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
15% unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
14% lard
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)
1% stearic acid (or round the lard up to 15%)

Calculate to 5% superfat (aka 5% lye discount)

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

  • 1 tbsp white white kaolin clay (USA / Canada)
  • 1 tbsp powdered coconut milk (USA / Canada)

Calculate your recipe using SoapCalc to get your final, finite amounts of the fats, lye, and water.

Follow standard soap making procedure. I recommend letting the oils and fats come down to room temperature before combining as it gives you more time to work. At trace add the clay and powdered coconut milk (USA / Canada). Use an immersion blender to thoroughly blend the powders into the soap (otherwise you will have little clumps).

Pour the soap into your mould.

Let saponify for 24 hours before un-moulding and slicing. Let cure for a minimum of three weeks before using. Enjoy!

If you don’t have powdered coconut milk you can swap coconut milk for the water in this recipe. Start by freezing half a can of coconut milk in an ice cube tray the night before. When you measure out your liquids (by weight!) you should have half coconut milk ice cubes, half liquid coconut milk. Add your lye and stir, being extra sure to work in a well ventilated area and not inhale the fumes. You’ll notice the liquid thicken a little as the lye dissolves—that’s the fats in the coconut milk starting to saponify. No big deal. Let this mixture cool to the same temperature as the oils and go from there.

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