|As some of you will remember, I hosted
a a brief survey on favorite base oils earlier this month on soapnuts.
I want to thank you all for helping me out by answering this survey!
Since I'm still learning about oils, and with all our new soapers, I thought it might be nice for them to see what are the most common oils used and to give them some reasons for using them.
Here are the survey results:
Olive oil:over half of you picked olive oil as your favorite, for its easy access, gentleness, versitility (including eating--but I recommend doing this before its made into soap!), and moisturising qualities.
Coconut oil:about 1/5 of you picked this one for its hard white bar and lathering qualities. One person likes it because it didn't dry her skin out!
Palm:because it is easy to work with
Castor oil:adds a great lather and richness to the soap
And now we have our sunflower oil person (too bad I promised "no name!") who likes this because it's her favorite flower!
The favorite exotic butters/oils were:
Shea butter: over half of you picked this one because it is moisturizing, and a great emollient
Cocoa butter: about 1/5 picked this one for its fragrance and fragrance blending qualities, the feeling in the soap and lotions, and versitility
Emu oil:great benefits in more than just soap; burns (I can attest to that one), bed sores, arthritis, etc...
Jojoba oil:silky lather and gentle to the skin
Avocado:moisturizing and full of protiens and vitamins
Kukui:great for shampoo bars
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