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Coconut Soap Recipe

By: Gabby from essentiallyeclectic.com
Coconut Soap Recipe
Coconut Soap Recipe
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If you love exfoliating with loofahs and soap, you should try combining the two to create the best exfoliating product you could ever imagine. Make coconut scented exfoliating bars with this Coconut Soap Recipe by simply tossing loofah pieces into a soap mold and adding coconut flakes and scent for extra texture and fragrance. Handmade soap recipes like this are perfect for giving to friends and family as DIY Christmas gifts, or as a present to yourself for some extra skin pampering after a long day.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueCandlemaking/Soapmaking

Easy

DID YOU KNOW?

Soap is created by the chemical reaction of a fatty acid with an alkali metal hydroxide. It is used primarily for washing, bathing, and cleaning. Soaps for cleansing are obtained by treating vegetable or animal oils and fats with a strongly alkaline solution. The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. It is believed that they made soaps with fats boiled with ashes. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) reveals that the ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and mixed animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to produce a soap-like substance. There is also evidence of various forms of soap used in Ancient Rome, Ancient China, the Middle East in the 12th Century, and in Medieval Europe.

Soap making was initially an exclusive technique only done by soap makers. Over time, recipes for soap making became more widely known, but soap was still expensive. The price of soap was significantly reduced in 1791 when a Frenchman (LeBlanc) discovered a chemical process that allowed soap to be sold for significantly less money. In the mid-nineteenth century, soap for bathing became a separate commodity from laundry soap, with milder soaps being packaged, sold and made available for personal use. Liquid soap was not invented until the nineteenth century; in 1865, William Shepphard patented a liquid version of soap. Now there a multitude of soaps for all different kinds of cleaning. We can even follow a soap recipe and make our own customized DIY soaps in our own homes.

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I'm so into making homemade soaps lately! I'll have to give this one a try

The DID YOU KNOW section was so awesome and insightful I really loved that! This project sounds awesome too!

Wow, this is a really cool idea! I love my coconut oil body wash, so I'll have to try this.

The history of soap making is fascinating! I love the idea of giving out little homemade soaps as gifts. They would be great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

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