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Acid Profiles

Stearic Acid

Stearic Acid is a saturated fatty acid that contributes to a hard stable bar. This ingredient is usually added into lotions and soaps as a thickener or hardener. It also contributes to stability although it is recommended to use sparingly in cold process soaps, as it is a notorious contributor to a fast trace and […]

Ricinoleic Acid

Ricinoleic is an unsaturated fatty acid that contributes to the conditioning/moisturizing levels, and the stability of lather. This fat has properties attributing to a little slip and glide to the lather. Castor oil is the only common soap making oil known to contain ricinoleic acid, and it’s a super high 90%! The typical range for […]

Palmitic Acid

Palmitic is a saturated fatty acid that contributes a long shelf life, a hard bar, and stable creamy lather. Oils with a high profile in palmitic fatty acid add this to increase stability in the bar. The lather from the palmitic oils create a dense slick lather, or minimal lather with tiny smooth bubbles. Popular […]

Oleic Acid

Oleic acid seems to be one of the fundamental base fatty acids around which soap makers build their recipes. It contributes to a moisturizing and conditioning bar, yet is slow to trace and it offers a long shelf life. The most common oil with the highest profile in oleic acid is olive oil. Oleic acid […]

Myristic acid

Myristic acid is a saturated fatty acid profile that creates a dry hard bar of soap with fluffy lather. Myristic is often associated when combined with Lauric fatty acid because there is no common oil for soap making that in itself has a high myristic acid profile. Most commonly myristic acid in a soap recipe […]

Linoleic Acid

Linoleic is an unsaturated fatty acid that contributes to the conditioning/moisturizing of skin care products, This is not used in high amounts in cold process recipes and ranges in the single digits in recipe %s. Soaps high in Linoleic acid do not have a long shelf life, and almost always soft oils like soy bean, […]

Lauric acid

Lauric Acid is a type of fatty acid profile that contributes to the qualities of your hand made soap. Adding lauric acid to your recipe profile comes from the type of oils selected. Oils high in lauric acid are coconut, babassu, palm kernel oil, cohune, tucuma, and murumuru butter. Lauric acid is a saturated fat […]


A material that contributes H+ to an aqueous solution.An acid has a strong sour taste and neutralizes alkalis. In soap making the oils are fatty acids and they are used to neutralize alkali in the rest of the recipe.

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