Soybean oil

What is it? Soybean oil (or soya bean oil) is a liquid carrier oil pressed from the seed of the soy plant. It is comprised mostly of linoleic and oleic acids.
INCI Glycine Soja Oil
Appearance Clear yellow liquid
Usage rate Up to 100%
Texture Smooth oil
Scent Typical of carrier oils
Absorbency Speed Average
Approximate Melting Point -20°C (-4°F)
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? Soybean oil is a very versatile and inexpensive carrier oil. I like using it in soap, but it also works well in body butters, lotions, lip balms, massage oils, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.
Do you need it? No.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only used refined and I like it.
Strengths Inexpensive, versatile carrier oil.
Weaknesses Depending on your audience soy may not have the best reputation.
Alternatives & Substitutions I’d choose olive oil or rice bran oil in soap. In skin care, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil would work well.
How to Work with It Include soybean oil in the oil phase of your formulations. It can be hot or cold processed.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, soybean oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Soybean oil can contain up to 3% soy lecithin.
Recommended starter amount 1L (33.8fl oz) for soap making. 100mL (3.3fl oz) for skin care.
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Soybean Oil


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March 29, 2019