Adding Coconut Milk?

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Confused_Penguin

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My recipe includes 18.86% Coconut Oil, and I'm worried that adding coconut milk will be too drying to the skin (since I heard too much coconut can irritate skin). What do you guys think? Should I use another type of milk?
 

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The amount of coconut oil in coconut milk is quite small. It will raise the SF a little but I haven't noticed it making the soap more cleansing. Its my favorite kind of milk for soaps, made a batch with it today.
 

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l love using coconut milk. It makes a really creamy bar of soap. I also don't find it more drying or cleansing. I calculated the fat in the brand I buy to see how it would increase the SF. In the brand plus the volume I use, it increases my SF by 5%. You may want to factor that in and decide if you want a higher SF soap or adjust your lye accordingly.
 

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I find exactly the opposite. The coconut milk adds the extra conditioning that my dry skin needs. Do a comparison - use your favorite recipe and sub 50% of your water with the cocomilk. If you don't want the extra step of freezing the milk, use 50% water to dissolve your sodium hydroxide to prepare your lye water and add the remaining liquid (cocomilk) to your oils.
 

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Is the preferred coconut milk the canned variety or the carton? I've seen folks mention canned but not in the carton. It's much cheaper in the carton but I think the fat is lower than canned.
 

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I can't answer that question. I've used both and my notes don't say anything special of one over the other. I did just start buying coconut milk powder and making my own milk. A big difference - A lot more fat content. I actually plan to reduce my SF. Very rich and creamy texture.
 

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I want my SF to stay at around 5%. Now knowing that the milk can increase SF, I guess substituting my water content with full coconut milk might be out of the question. I might just do half of it as coconut milk. Is there a calc online or a math formula that can help me know how much lye to add so that my SF will stay the same?
 

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The math formula I used is spelled out in the thread link I attached earlier. (#8 I think) Also, if you want your calculations checked, post it, and we'll be happy to help!
 
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