Hemp Seed OilHemp seed oil is a deep, green color with a light, nutty smell. While it does come from the seed of the cannabis plant, it does not smell like marijuana, or have any of the affects that marijuana has. It's really lovely in lotions and creams and great in soap too. It gives a light, creamy/silky lather. Because of its fatty acid makeup, it has a very short shelf life...less than six months...so it should be refrigerated or even kept in the freezer. It can be used as a luxury healing/moisturizing oil in soap. I use hemp seed oil in some, but not all of my soaps.
Palm OilPalm oil, along with olive and coconut, is one of the top oils used by soap makers today. Because of the qualities it gives soap, it is often called "veggie tallow" in that it gives many of the same qualities that beef tallow does - a hard bar with a rich creamy lather. Alone, it's pretty unremarkable, but combined with other oils like olive, coconut and castor, it makes great, hard, long lasting soap. In keeping with our social and ethical responsibility goals, our Palm oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production.
I LOVE the lather that Coconut oil gives to my soap. Do do my customers. It is one of the primary oils soapmakers use in their soap. Coconut oil gives tremendous, bubbly lather to your soap. It also makes for a very hard, white bar of soap. The collective opinion is that using more than 30% coconut oil in your recipe will be drying to the skin.
I will write more about the butters I use later on.
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