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How to Make Natural Lemongrass & Coconut Milk Soap

Soapers who make vegan friendly handmade soap often get a little stuck in their soapmaking. Without additives like honey, milk, or silk, it can be a little trying to get a nice creamy addition to a recipe.

Even though animal milks are off the table, plant milks aren’t!

Enter Coconut Milk!! Coconut milk makes incredibly creamy and silky vegan soap, and is one of my favorite water replacement additives. Time for a…

Coconut Milk and Lemongrass Soap Recipe and Tutorial

Lemongrass and Coconut Milk Soap Recipe

I was a little inspired by thai food in this tutorial, and chose to use lemongrass, ginger, and coconut milk as the main components.

This lemongrass and coconut milk soap recipe is sized for my Bramble Berry 10″ Silicone Soap Mold. You can resize it using a lye calculator for whichever mold works for you. As requested, the formula includes percentages for your convenience in doing so!

(If you aren’t sure how much soap your mold holds, you can find out with this guide to resizing your soap recipes to fit your mold.)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Coconut Milk Soap Formula Used

  • 12 ounces Coconut Oil (33.3% of the base oils)
  • 10 ounces Rice Bran Oil (27.8% of the base oils)
  • 6 ounces Avocado Oil (16.7% of the base oils)
  • 6 ounces Shea Butter (16.7% of the base oils)
  • 2 ounces Castor Oil (5.6% of the base oils)
  • 4.9 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (7% superfat)
  • 5 ounces Distilled Water (33% lye solution with the coconut milk added below)
  • 5 ounces Coconut Milk

I bought these soapmaking oils from Soaper’s Choice, but you are welcome to buy them from your favorite supplier!

Don’t have one of these oils? Find out how to make an accurate substitution properly, and don’t forget to recalculate your recipe with a lye calculator!

Lemongrass Essential Oil Blend Used

These essential oils are from Lebermuth, but you can use any fragrances or essential oils your heart desires.

You could also check out our essential oil calculator to find a different blend to suit your fancy!

Natural Colorants Used

  • 1 teaspoon Dill (Cut/Dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Wheatgrass Powder

These botanical ingredients are from a local grocer, but you can find them at Monterey Bay Spice Company.

PREP WORK: Weigh out all your ingredients. Mix up your lye solution. I add my coconut milk (or other alternative liquids) to my oils directly and use a 50% lye solution with sodium hydroxide and distilled water. This helps prevent any color changes or burning of sugars in alternative liquids.

(Do you have all the gear you need for safe soapmaking? We’ve listed up our favorite tools for making soap and our picks to protect your health while making soap.)

A note on coconut milk for soap: Not all brands of coconut milk are created equal! Try to snag one that has little to no additional ingredients. It’s hard to find one without a thickener (like guar gum), but some also include preservatives, emulsifiers, and more. As a general rule of thumb, the more additives in the coconut milk, the more likely you are to run into acceleration.

Prep your colorants. I add my essential oil blend to my main soaping pot before beginning.

Once you are ready to get to work, bring your soaping oils, coconut milk, and lye solution to an emulsified state (not quite trace).

Measure out the coconut milk!
Measure out the coconut milk
Add the Coconut Milk to the Soaping Oils
Add the coconut milk to the soaping oils
Add the concentrated lye solution to the oil + coconut milk mix.
Add the concentrated lye solution to the oil + coconut milk mix
Stickblend the lemongrass + coconut milk soap until emulsified.
Stickblend until emulsified

ADD A DASH OF COLOR: I chose dill as a natural colorant for this soap because of it’s shape. It’s like miniaturized lemongrass (visually and that’s all!)

I poured a quarter of my raw soap into a separate container and colored it with wheatgrass powder. Wheatgrass is a lovely muted green. However, it does fade over time to a very muted sage brown.

Add the cut and dried dill to the lemongrass + coconut milk soap
Add the cut and dried dill to the lemongrass + coconut milk soap
Pour of quarter of the batch into a separate container for coloring.
Pour of quarter of the batch into a separate container for coloring
Stir the wheatgrass powder into the separated soap portion.
Stir the wheatgrass powder into the separated soap portion

SWIRL IT: I’m using an in-the-mold swirl on this batch (ITMS).

It starts off by pouring half of the main raw soap into the mold. Next, I randomly pour the wheatgrass colored portion in the mold. And then top it off with the remainder of the main batch. I pour from a moderate height to encourage the pour to break through the layers of raw soap in the mold.

As you can tell by the photos, the soap was thickening rapidly due to the coconut milk. (The ginger essential oil also contributes to this!) This is why it’s important to initially mix to an emulsified state rather than trace. And any further mixing is done with a spatula.

Pour half the main pot of soap into the mold.
Pour half the main pot of soap into the mold
Pour most of the wheatgrass colored soap into the mold.
Pour wheatgrass colored soap into the mold
Top off the lemongrass + coconut milk soap with the remainder of the raw soap!
Top off the lemongrass + coconut milk soap with the remainder of the raw soap

THE FINISH LINE: Once it’s all in the mold, it’s time to pretty it up. I textured the soap tops by dragging the corner of my spatula from the outside of the mold towards the middle on both sides. I finished it up by sprinkling a little wheatgrass powder over the top.

Once you are all done, insulate your soap. Unmold after 12 to 24 hours. Cut and cure!

Texture the top of the lemongrass + coconut milk soap before putting it to bed.
Texture the top of the lemongrass + coconut milk soap before putting it to bed
Lemongrass + Coconut Milk Soap
Cured Lemongrass + Coconut Milk Soap

The lemongrass and coconut milk soap recipe featured in this tutorial is a Modern Soapmaking original. It is palm-free & vegan friendly. It uses a 7% superfat and a 33% lye solution strength. Feel free to adjust as necessary!

Get the lemongrass and coconut milk soap recipe formatted for print, with approximate ingredient costs and appropriate INCI listings by downloading the recipe below:

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129 Responses

  1. I made coconut milk soap yesterday. I got frustrated trying to find a pre-made coconut milk that didn’t have a bunch of additives so I made my own with distilled water and unsweetened coconut flakes in the blender. I strained out the solid bits and it worked great in my soap!

        1. Even if you have to heat oils or butters if they are solid, it doesn’t change the fact that you are making cold process soap. With hot process soap, you make it in the same manner as cold process but you heat/cook the soap batter to force it to the gel phase.

        2. my mix looked like a rising volcano. It got a crater down the middle next day ii demoulded it but it cracked up quite a bit. Why did this occur? Note it’s my very first attempt at cold process

          1. Hey, Gloria,
            Alternative liquid (any non-water liquid) soap making is an advanced technique. We suggest early batches be made without scent, color, other additives, or alternative liquids. Once you have a feel for what trace, gel, and saponification look like, you will be able to troubleshoot and move on to more advanced techniques.

            It sounds like your soap overheated, a common problem with alternative liquids. If you notice a batch volcanoing you can:
            -Use gloved hands and a spatula to smash it back down.
            -Remove any insulation.
            -Elevate the mold, if possible.

            In the future, try a lower initial soaping temperature and/or freeze your mold before soaping.

            (This assumes that you accurately added the correct amount [measured on a calibrated scale] of the correct, in-date ingredients. It’s always good to have a batch record or checklist to make sure.)

            Your soap will likely still be usable or able to be rebatched. You can troubleshoot or ph test it to be sure.

          2. i placed my coconut milk in an icecube tray froze overnight then placed ice cubes in bowl with ice underneath then poured in lye very slowly. Because the lye can scortch the milk.

    1. I just open my own coconuts and make my own oil and use the milk too, so I use the whole coconut including the left over meat for coconut flour. Have totally fallen for soap.

  2. Coconut milk is one of my favorite additives, and usually the only milk I use in my soap batches (besides the occassional bit of cream). Even though I am not a vegan soaper (silk!), I prefer it to animal milks. Your soap looks lovely πŸ™‚

  3. Did you run this through a lye calculator? When I did it’s saying I need almost 12 oz of water which is more than double your requirements.

    1. Yes, I would never post an unsafe formula. πŸ™‚

      The coconut milk is part of the “water” total, even though it is added to the oils to prevent color change. The water in any formula is the carrier for the lye, and the strongest lye solution that can be used is a 50% solution (versus the 28% that most lye calculators use.) The water and lye in this formula equates a 50% solution, with the addition of coconut milk, it becomes a 33% solution.

      The stronger the solution in a formula, the shorter the cure time because there are less liquids to evaporate in the final bar.

      Kenna

      1. Hey Kenna,
        thank you! Im not sure i get it right, so for making a soap with coconut milk, i’ll run it in the lye calculator (would like to use other oils) and get the lye and water amounts, i should use the lye amount given to me but use only half of the water amount given? or an amount of water that will be equal to half of the lye amount…? πŸ™‚

    1. The percentage of lye solution is the strength and ratio of lye to water. Most beginners start at a 25 too 28 percent lye solution. A 50% solution is 1:1 lye to water (50% of the solution is lye).

      1. That math is too much for me. The lye calculation please. What do you mean by 1:1 lye ratio? Please how do you calculate that? Is there a way one can do that using a lye calc?

        Thanks……

  4. I’m too nervous to write a recipe without using soapcalc. I like the idea of a shorter curing time though. Is it okay to just reduce the amount of water to match the amount of lye recommended by the calculator? Will that give a hugely accelerated trace?

    1. If you use the same amount of water as your lye, it will give you a 50% solution. Any water discounts will accelerate trace, especially a 50% solution. You can change the solution strength by using Soap Calc on any recipe. This particular recipe uses both coconut milk and water for the entire water portion, it’s just split between phases.

      1. Wow, quick answer :). Thanks Kenna – I made a coconut milk soap recently using coconut water with the lye and coconut milk with the oils. It accelerated like the proverbial speeding bullet and I had to jam it into a mould cursing and swearing (me, not the soap…). It turned out, predictably, with air pockets and also clear veins that I think are glycerine? It actually feels like it will be a nice soap though. Just not pretty.

        1. I don’t tend to deal with acceleration too much, but I soap at room temperature which helps a lot. I also barely use a stickblender, a lot of soapmakers tend to overdo it with their SBs. As you can see in the photos, even at room temp there was mild acceleration. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

          1. Kenna,

            I was wondering if you have ever did a video of making this. Step by step. I know it is a lot to ask but I am asking anyways … lol … do you make any soaping video’s on Youtube?

            Thanks,
            Cheryl

      2. Thanks Kenna. Got my answer on the lye ratio. Thanks. Yes I will love a shorter soap cure curve.

        Thanks thanks

      3. Hi kenna,

        Instead of 50% lye solution, can we freeze coconut milk and then add it to lye so that it wont change its color like how we use to do it for any milk soap recipe. In that case can we use 100% coconut milk instead of 50%?

  5. Hi Kenna,

    Thanks for the great recipe. Can I sub the coconut milk for powdered coconut milk or will it alter the soap?

    Thanks!

  6. Hello, I am a soaper from Holland and there is no recipe for milk soaps here what so ever! I really want to make a coconutmilk soap but everywhere i look there are only ounces, if i convert it i do not trust it so much. Could you help me with a recipe in grams? And Castoroil is not availeble here so what other oil could i use for that?

    regards Sylvia

    1. If you input the amounts into SoapCalc’s lye calculator in ounces it will show you the percentage. You can then enter these amounts to the calculator and it will tell you what you need in grams. I’m sure there’s an easier way but this is how I did it. I live in France and have ordered a lot of my supplies on eBay. I’ve only just started making soap so I haven’t yet located any suppliers in the area I’m in. Will have to if I plan to sell in the future.

      1. Sylvia,

        I use grams for soap making. They’re more accurate when weighing than ounces. I enter the oil amounts into Soapcalc in percentages and the soap weight in grams, just as Paula says. When you click calculate and print, the resulting PDF file will show pounds, ounces, and grams (maybe kilos too). I often highlight the values I’m using, especially with a new recipe) so that I don’t get confused. I round _down_ to the nearest gram on the lye amount and _up_ to the nearest gram on oil/butters and write down the actual rounded and weighed amount next to the Soapcalc weight. Have never had a lye heavy soap this way.

        All the best, Janie

  7. hi kenna loved yr soap have made it let see how it comes out. The colour of the soap in yr pics seems lighter then mine. Let see how it comes out. Thank u.

  8. hi kenna. Made yr soap last nite it’s gorgeous and smells wicked. The colour of yr soap in yr pics seem more lighter then my mine just wondering once it cured would mine get lighter. Also can I substitute butter milk for coconut milk Sorry for a silly question as I am a first time soaper and loving it. Thank u in advance.

    1. Your specific oils, coconut milk, and essential oils can cause the color to vary slightly – this is normal. πŸ™‚ This soap didn’t discolor or change from the photos over time, but there’s always a range of resulting colors when working with soap.

      You could substitute buttermilk or other milks for the coconut milk, if you wish. πŸ™‚

  9. You don’t have a problem with discoloration or rancid smells with the coconut milk? I always freeze my goats milk into a slurry at the least before adding my lye to it slowly making sure to keep it cool while doing it. This doesn’t have that problem? Do you insulate it when you’ve gotten it into the mold or do you keep it cool?

    1. I make soap at room temperature, and haven’t temped my oils or lye in years. When the outside of the container feels slightly warm (rather than hot) to the touch. As such, I couldn’t tell you – sorry.

  10. Hi Kenna Thanks for this! πŸ™‚ how about adding an exfoliant to this recipe? or would i just want to go with a totally different recipe with different ratios? thanks πŸ™‚

    1. You can add an exfoliant to this recipe if you wish. Just follow the normal guidelines of using 1 teaspoon per pound of oils, with a max of 1 tablespoon of additives per pound of oils in the recipe.

    1. You can substitute any oils but always make sure to always run it through a lye calculator. Different oils and butters have different SAP values. For example, many substitute Rice Bran Oil for Olive Oil because their SAP values are nearly the same. If you don’t run any changes through a lye calculator, you can wind up with a not so nice outcome.

  11. Hi, I’m really wanting to make soap but I’m confused on your recipe, your soap formula doesn’t say anything about lye in there. Does that formula make lye or do I have to buy lye?
    Sorry it might be a stupid question but like I said I have never done this before!

  12. Marie. Sodium hydroxide is lye. Holly. I’ve found if you read through all the comments, many of your questions will be addressed. Kenna stated, and typically soaps cool unless noted specifically.
    Kenna, while I didn’t use this recipe, I used the 50:50 split method. Initially, everything looked great, though my base was darker than I’d have liked. However, it darkened considerably over the following week. More importantly, it developed some random white spots. Not a lot, and while they didn’t zap, they felt sharp. Could this be lye? As a note, I did put in fridge for 24 hours as I was worried about coconut milk burning, & I thought preventing gel would avoid this. Is my soap safe? Should I buy ph strips?
    Thank you so much for sharing your info!

    1. The random white spots could be stearic spots, which is what happens when the oils get too cool before saponfiying and fractionate (the heavier fatty acids settle out.) If they didn’t zap, I would assume that’s what they are. If you dig one out of your soap and rub it between your (gloved) fingers, it will feel like a waxy bead. Without seeing the bar myself, it’s hard to be sure. Yes, please, invest in high pH range strips or a pH meter!

      Mine stayed the same color as the photo, but different batches of oils, milks, and other ingredients will change the final color of any soap.

      Thank you so much for answering some of the other questions. πŸ™‚

    2. I tend to soap around 85 degrees & depending on my recipe, occasionally get the stearic spots as well. If I’ve let my oils get too cool, I can sometimes see the oils fractionate out. I put my oils in the microwave & heat just long enough to get everything blended back together (usually a matter of seconds). That seems to have helped to reduce the spots.

  13. Hi! I am looking to use this recipe for my other batches, I truly love how moisturizing this soap came out. I want to try doing 48 ounces, I put this recipe in a lye calculator and the lye and water amounts were different than what you provided, so I am not sure how to recalculate this recipe for 48 ounces. Can you help?

    Also, I want to color using activated charcoal and rose clay, how to you recommend that incorporate these into my soap? Dissolve in 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice for each colorant and then deduct 2 tablespoons of water from the recipe?

  14. When using the coconut milk have you ever had problems with the milk scorching. I made a batch of soap with the coconut milk and it looked great when I poured it into the mold, but when I took it out 24 hours later it had a very bad smell to it. what do you do to prevent this. I have read that putting it in the frig. for the 24 hours that it hardens helps. I really want to start using Coconut milk in my soaps but don’t want to ruin any batches of soap.
    I plan on trying this recipe for lemongrass and coconut milk soap this weekend. It looks great.

    1. The method of water replacement I use does not tend to scorch milks, which is why I use it. (Adding it to the oils rather than the lye solution). I do not recommend refrigerating soap, as it can throw saponification out of whack and create issues like separation. Milks do tend to have a funky smell straight out of the mold, but they go away during cure.

  15. Hi Kenna,
    Thanks for the recipe! I tried this yesterday with some friends and got an interesting result. All of our soap boxes are leaking slightly. I used the same lining technique that I have used in the past and the same box so I don’t think that could be it. The changes that I made were 1) I tripled the recipe for 3 boxes instead of one, 2) I substituted sunflower oil for avocado oil 3) I replaced 0.5 oz of the coconut milk with water since I only had a 13.5 oz can (so 1.5oz water substitution total). The coconut milk that I used did not have any of the ‘gum’ preservatives but it did have an extra ingredient or two that I can’t remember. Anyway, my soap may still be salvageable but any insight into why the leaking has occurred would be great.

    Thanks,
    Kimberly

  16. Hello, Kenna. Beautiful soap :-). I recently tried coconut cream. I wasn’t sure how to go about it so I treated it like a normal cream (according to Anne L. Watson) – I diluted it with water 1:1 and chucked into the freezer. My first batch was a success – smooth, light color. No discoloration or seizeing. My second batch – total disaster! Soap on the stick. I blame it on different fragrance oil. But I will be trying again :-)!

  17. hi. thank you so much for your recipe. just found you. can you please help. instead of wheatgrass. can I use something else. allergic to wheat. wouldn’t like to risk it. thank you so much

  18. Hi, kenna
    Soap recipe is excellent, but I want to know about the ph balance level of this soap.
    How we can achieve ph balance level in any homemade soap.
    Thank you.

    1. As far as I am aware, in my 10+ years of soapmaking, it is impossible to make a pH balanced true soap. To significantly alter the pH, it would no longer be a simple soap. πŸ˜‰

  19. Hello Kenna!
    To clarify lye and coconut milk issue, whatever the
    “Water” amount is , do 50% water & 50% coconut milk?

    But put coconut milk in “oils” not to burn milk..

    Is this correct?

    Thank you so much!

  20. Kenna,
    I apologize I just thought of a 2nd question:

    Being I’ve never worked with “milk” Would it be easier to
    freeze coconut milk and 50% of lye to the 50% of water solution I’m substituting for water?
    Example if there is 10 0z of water
    5 oz water
    5 oz coconut milk
    add 4.9 oz to 5 oz of water,
    add milk to melted oils,
    saponify?
    Sorry this is a little confusing lol
    Karen

    1. You could freeze the coconut milk and use it to make the lye solution rather than put it in your oils, if you wish. I prefer to use the method I outlined in the recipe, though.

      1. Can you use the non dairy milk substitute – type of coconut milk in a milk container instead of the coconut milk in a can for similar benefits and do you think it helps to make indigo or woad more blue in recipes?

  21. Hi there Kenna,

    Thanks for this recipe – I just wanted to ask – with this being superfatted at 7%, is there any need to add in any preservative? I guess that since you don’t mention it there is no need but as I am new to soap making could you explain to me what circumstances necessitate adding preservatives to prevent rancidity?

    1. There is no need for a preservative in this soap recipe. Most preservatives would not be able to survive the saponification process and high pH of soap. As long as the soap is formulated properly, it does not need one.

  22. Hello, How do i get the essential oil smell to stick around? I made a castile soap for my first ever bar with olive oil and coconut oil. I added the peppermint essential oil at trace but after 24 hours the smell was gone. Thanks

  23. Reading in 2016 πŸ™‚

    love everything about this soap, can I use homemade Coconut Milk ?
    One more thing when you say 50% lye solution, you mean 1:1 that is 4.9 ounces Sodium Hydroxide 5 ounces Distilled Water 5 ounces Coconut Milk? right?

    Thanks
    Mary

    1. You could definitely use homemade coconut milk. πŸ™‚

      Yes, you are technically right that it’s a 49% lye solution – I didn’t want to overcomplicate it, as folks get confused about water discounts and lye solutions!

  24. When you say you soap atvroom temp dies that mean you wait until your oils and lye solution come to room temp before starting?

  25. Hi Kenna,
    I’m quite a newbie to soapmaking, so I hope my question doesn’t sound too silly.
    I’m just wondering if I can add lavender essential oil to this recipe… will it be a weird combination? If it won’t, how much should I use? I don’t want to use dill/wheatgrass, but I have some dried lavender buds that I can use to decorate the soap.
    Look forward to hearing your answer! I love to experiment with things, but I don’t want to ruin this wonderful recipe. Thank you so much in advance πŸ™‚

    1. I was also wondering about subbing out the dill and wheatgrass for lemongrass that I grind up in my coffee grinder (specifically for my herbs/seeds). I’ve used it to decorate the tops of my soaps but never put it in the soap batter. I wonder what color it will turn or if it will just be soecieled. I thought it would be nice to add with the Lemongrass and Ginger EO. Thank you for any input.

      1. If you powder it fine enough in a coffee grinder, it should be fine. πŸ™‚ I chose dill because it was smaller and softer in soap, but a lemongrass powder should be fine!

  26. Love the whole Thai theme as that’s the brand Coconut Milk I use too. As I scrolled thru & saw the Ginger EO combined with the Coconut Milk, I was thinking, oh boy, should I even plug in my stick blender. I do tend go easy on the blender (3-5 seconds max at a time). Have never gelled my milk soaps, but this one looks (and smells) too good not to give it a try. Guess what kind of take out food I’m going to be having for dinner 😊

  27. I am in the middle of the Formulating Workshop but won’t be able to finish it until tomorrow but want to make this soap this afternoon. Was the lye calculated with the milk for a faster curing time? I know I should know this from the workshop but my mind is a little numb from all the info right now and I want to get this in the mold…

    1. I use partial water replacement rather than full water replacement like most soapmakers because it makes it more manageable (doesn’t tend to overheat, discolor as much, and easier to remember everything). So, the milk is “part of” the water amount for those reasons. πŸ™‚

    1. Khyati,
      Honestly, I haven’t had great lucky with *any* true soap shampoo bars, even though some people swear by them. Feel free to give it a try and get back to us!

  28. I am having a hard time picking a coconut milk to use. All the ones that I have tired are super thick or have seperated in the cans. Is that normal?

  29. Hi
    I do not understand “a 50% lye solution with sodium hydroxide and distilled water” works like. Do you use just 50% of distilled water and 100% hydroxide from calculator results? It is because the other 50% comes from coconut milk, Isn`t?
    Thanks for your feedback
    Regards

  30. Hi, I love your site and information available here. Now, for the costs estimates you post, the essential oil costs seem to be very low to current market prices even when buying from wholesale suppliers.
    Can you elaborate on this point, I would love to know where you can purchase these products at the price you indicate.
    Thanks again for your work!!!

    1. Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚ We purchase all of our ingredients in bulk, which drastically reduces the cost involved. For instance, we buy essential oils by the pound or keg (5 lbs or 25 lbs). When doing so, you can cut your costs by anywhere from 20% to 70% in comparison to smaller sizes. It’s also important to note that ingredient prices fluctuate because they are natural products reliant on crop yields. You can find a list of essential oil suppliers over here so you can shop and compare, too: https://www.modernsoapmaking.com/where-to-buy-essential-oils-for-soapmaking/

  31. Hi Kenna,
    I have been making coconut milk soap by mixing coconut milk in water before mixing with lye. However, it always create white bits after i mix with lye and they stays after I mix with the oil. I would like to create a smooth coconut milk soap like your recipe.

    But I don’t quite get the proportion between water, coconut milk and lye.
    Does that mean I mix the measured sodium hydroxide into 50% of the liquid, in this case water.
    Then the other 50% liquid which is supposed to be mix with the sodium hydroxide will now be coconut milk and will be mixed in the oil solution (after above lye is added into the oil)?

    With above mixing method, will the lye react with the coconut milk? As all the liquids are mixed together?

    Many Thanks.

    1. Hey, Crystal,
      As noted in the prep work section: “I add my coconut milk (or other alternative liquids) to my oils directly and use a 50% lye solution with sodium hydroxide and distilled water. This helps prevent any color changes or burning of sugars in alternative liquids.”

      So, the milk is added to the base oils before the strong lye solution (lye and water mix) is added to the base oils. The base oils provide a buffer between the coconut milk and lye, dampering the reaction when the lye is introduced. The lye will still react with the milk, saponifying any fat in it, but the milk shouldn’t overheat like it would if you added lye directly to it.

      1. Hi Stephanie,

        Thanks for your reply.
        So 50% lye solution meaning:
        the full measured sodium hydroxide in the recipe + 50% of the total liquid?
        Then the 50% of the other liquid, which in this case will be the coconut milk will be added to the base oil before adding the above lye solution?

        Thanks,
        Crystal

  32. Hi! This looks like an awesome soap recipe! I’d like to sub apricot kernel oil for the avocado, but how do you run this through a lye calculator? Do you look at the grams of fat given on the nutrition panel on the can and include that in your total weight of coconut oil? Or can I just ignore the fats that come with the coconut milk and assume that it will just increase my superfat by some unknown amount?
    Thanks!

  33. Hi, could you please clarify whether I need to do oil infusion with wheatgrass powder to use as colorant, or do I just add dry wheatgrass powder into the oil mix? I reread the recipe a few times but this point is not clear to me….
    Thanks!!!

  34. Hi!
    Can you please clarify two things.
    1. What temperature is ideal for the oils and for the lye solution prior to mixing both?
    2. After it is poured in the mold, do you recommend refrigeration or leave out without insulation? How do we keep it from overheating?

    Thanks so much!

  35. Hello!
    I just made a soap with coconut milk, I was wondering if you let your soap jell? I soaped at around 85 degrees, a little warmer than room temperature.
    I was wondering if you allow your soap to jell? Mine is currently in the process of jelling and I was wondering if I should be afraid of scorching . :/
    Would it have been better if I put it in the fridge?
    Thanks!

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