Posted by jeff on 8/4/2010 to Soaps
There is a difference between using coconut oil and coconut milk. The soaps they produce are very different from each other. You can tell simply by the feel of them both.
Coconut milk is not the liquid that is poured out of the coconut. The liquid that can be drank from the coconut is coconut juice. Coconut milk actually from the rind of the coconut that is ground up and blended.
Coconut milk soap takes that milk and adds that mixture to the soap. Coconut oil soap, on the other hand, uses the oil as a base. This makes them totally, and completely, different types of soaps.
Unlike coconut oil soap, coconut milk soap uses coconut milk instead of water in the lye solution. This makes it even softer for your skin. Coconut milk soap is known for its moisturizing capabilities.
Soapmaking is a little more involved when you are making coconut milk soap. It is partly because when you are mixing the lye you have to be really careful about the temperature you are using. Too hot and your coconut milk will curdle.
If your coconut milk curdles it will ruin your soap. It is best to just throw the batch away. Be sure to neutralize the lye first, before throwing it away, with vinegar.
Test and trials may be necessary, but it will be worth it. Learning how to make coconut milk soap is a good step in your goals to having great working soaps.