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Carrier Oils for Soap Making

Discover the best carrier oils for soap making, including their unique properties and benefits for skin.


Carrier oils are sometimes referred to as vegetable oils or base oils and are crucial in soap making. Carrier oils for soap making will contain a variety of nutrients - from vitamins and minerals to antioxidants and fatty acids. 

Carrier oils need to be used in soap-making to dilute essential oils. Neat essential oils can cause irritation on the skin and need to be mixed with a carrier oil. Many carrier oils are incredibly nourishing and good for the skin, so you’ll be able to find a carrier oil that compliments your chosen blend of essential oils perfectly. 

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What carrier oils are good for making cold-pressed soaps?

If you want to start making your own cold-pressed soaps, you’ll need to find a carrier oil that works for you. Some of the best carrier oils for cold-pressed soaps include: 

Can carrier oils be used for soap making?

As long as the carrier oil has a published saponification value, you can use any carrier oil to make soap. The best base for soap making are carrier oils that contain high proportions of saturated fats. This includes carrier oils such as coconut oil. 

If you want to use essential oils in your soap making, the use of carrier oils is an absolute must. Not only will carrier oils add more skin-nourishing qualities to your bar of soap, they’re a step you can’t miss if you’re looking to add essential oils to your soap mix. 

Essential oils can’t be applied directly to your skin and so to get all the benefits of your essential oils, they need to be mixed with a carrier oil.

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