We’ve had a few questions from our customers about this particular topic. I’m sure you’ve wondered it at one point (perhaps as a newbie soap maker?) In my case, I don’t make soap (yet), but have had to become versed in what these carrier oils do and how they work in handmade soap making, and I can tell you that the details can be daunting! Luckily, I have our trusty and reliable Twitter and Facebook community to turn to when the questions are tossed my way!
What is the Difference Between Coconut Oil 76 and Coconut Oil 92?
The numbers in the product titles are representing the point at which the solid coconut oil will start to melt into a liquid. Coconut Oil 76 will begin to melt at 76 degrees F, while Coconut Oil 92 will begin to melt at 92 degrees F.
Will this affect my Soap Making Recipe and Final Soap Outcome?
I’ve done a bit of research into this and have come up with a few facts from Soap Makers around the web.
1. Unless a recipe specifically calls for a 76, 92, or Virgin Coconut Oil, you are safe using any of these three coconut oils varieties.
2. Fractionated Coconut Oil is one that I am told will generally be specifically named in a Soap Making recipe, so this is one that you may not want to use unless it specifically calls for it. Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is produced by heat rather than cold pressing, and it’s a liquid at room temperature. Many like using FCO because it’s light, and sinks in quickly.
3. There seems to be a preference by Soap Makers to use Coconut Oil 92 during the summer months because of it’s higher melting point.
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