Originally Posted by alexanderte
Thanks for the recipes!
Not intending to be nitpicky, but I’m a bit concerned about palm oil from the environmental perspective. I see that it is used in a few recipes in a book about soap that I bought as well.
Anyone got any thoughts regarding that? Is there an oil that I could use as substitute?
Alexander, I answered your pm, it got a bit long, sorry. I just noticed this before I am going night-night:
There are some subs for palm oil and I use a lot of them as I don`t use palm oil either:
The Coconut oil we already have discussed, remember the one with 15-20% Superfat.
I think I also mentioned I used Sheabutter and Cocoabutter? Those are also great in soaps, but not too much as they can inhibit lather. I use it between 5 and 8% in my recipes, 10% at the most in one specific soaprecipe for my friend.
Also I think Babassu is possible, but that oil is not so easy to get for us in Norway, you probably have to check some internet vendors. I just didn`t want the hassle of expensive shipping and customs, so I skipped that one.
You don`t want lard, but I love lard myself, the soaps gets particularly creamy and gentle. Since that is out, the above oils I mentioned are the ones I use in adition to the other ones I mentioned to you, like Almond, Avocado, Olive, Castor, Lard.
Oh I forgot, I also use between 2-3% beeswax in several of my soaps. Makes them hard, durable and less prone to ash!