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Single Oil Soap - Palm Kernel Oil

Yesterday was a very different experience when compared to most soaps I make. Today, I wanted to show Palm Kernel Oil, an oil most of us are familiar with in our oils. But do we really know what it contributes to our bar? Let’s go find out through experience!

Needed Materials

Stearic Acid
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender


Recipe in Grams
454 grams Palm Kernel Oil
72 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.55 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Palm Kernel Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Palm Kernel Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until liquid. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

I didn’t have any trouble mixing this soap together. It went smoothly. My only trouble was when pouring the soap into the mold I spilled some on the counter. Good thing I was able to clean it up quickly.

When washing with this soap, I got a lot of lather. And I do mean a lot of lather. When I first started scrubbing the lather was big and airy. The more I scrubbed, the more dense it became. The bar was also very hard. It had some very tough edges.


Finished Soap

Weighing Palm Kernel Oil

Melted Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Mixing Lye and Oil

Mixing Soap

Soap in Mold

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