|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.
|Glycine Soja Oil
|Clear yellow liquid
|Up to 100%
|Typical of carrier oils
|Approximate Melting Point
|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?
|Refined or unrefined?
|I’ve only used refined and I like it.
|Inexpensive, versatile carrier oil.
|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.