Soybean Oil Soap
Soybean oil soap has a few draws to soap makers: it offers many of the same characteristics as tallow or lard soap without the incorporation of animal fats within your products. Therefore, some people use soybean oil (vegetable shortening) as a vegan alternative. Soybean oil is also very inexpensive.
If you're looking for the best all natural skin care ingredient for soap making, soybean oil is not really it! In fact, soybean oil soap does not really offer any real skin care benefits.
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Now don't get me wrong, soybean oil is not bad for your skin but it just doesn't stand out on your label as one of those great skin care oils like sweet almond oil or avocado oil does. Some people consider it to be a skin care neutral because it does not offer any benefits or detriments.
Despite the downsides there are some positives to using this oil for soap making.
- It's extremely cheap
- it's easy to find
- It offers a decent lather to your finished product.
If you do decide to use soybean oil in your soaps, make sure that you purchase the highest grade possible. Also, do not use it as a majority oil, but use it in conjunction with other more beneficial ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil.
As you continue to learn about soap making using my soap making resource I highly recommend that you read about some of the other oils that I use to make soap as well.
I guarantee that as you explore this site you will learn some valuable information about which oils are best to use and how to combine them properly to make a soap masterpiece.