Yes. It will help harden your bar. It has about the same amount of palmitic FA (16-25%), as avocado oil (15-25%).I got a request from a friend to teach her how to HP soap. She was only in town for my quilting retreat, so had to come up with a recipe where I could get all my stuff and the containers for the oils in one box (too many quilting projects for more than one box)...in retrospect it would have been easier to just use your recipe by pre-measuring all the ingredients but felt she needed to learn how to use the scale and equipment. So my smallest containers were RBO, PKO, Cocoa and Shea Butters and Castor oil. I finally used 45% RBO, 20% PKO 15% for both butters and 5 % Castor.
Both of us were fairly surprised at the creamy lather while we were cleaning up. I left her with the instructions that she couldn't use the soap until at least the 6 week mark and better at 8 or even 6 months. She cheated and started using hers at 4 weeks and absolutely loves it! I cut my bar in half and gave my daughter a portion to try out. We used ours this week for the first time. It is lovely. I noticed that it lathers easily, but rinses off so easily that I wondered if I had actually put soap on my cloth. No overly squeaky clean feeling, and best of all no dry feeling.
Now I want to try out some at least a little higher with the RBO (may even try out a 100% RBO soap), am thinking of cutting the PKO or even a tad on the butters. This is by far the best soap that I have made....I may have just found my favorite oil to use. Thank you, Dawni, for this write up as I'm not sure I would have tried RBO without reading this. I'm tossing my olive oil...this is head and shoulders above anything I've ever made with it. Love it. Thanks again