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Oils and Butters Used in Handmade Soap

Updated: Jul 1, 2023

Here is a list of frequently used oils and butters used in the Soap Mill at Salem House Provisions.



Wood spoon full of shea butter


Apricot Kernal Oil- lightweight and conditioning to the skin. Produces small bubbles in cold process soap


Avocado Oil- thick and rich oil, high in vitamins A, B, D, and E, conditioning for the skin


Castor Oil- thick oil that draws moisture to the skin, wonderful lather, and binds fragrances in soap


Cocoa Butter- this butter adds a luxurious and moisturizing feel to cold-process soap


Coconut Oil- this oil is super cleansing and produces large billowy bubbles


Evening Primrose Oil- lightweight and moisturizing, excellent for dry skin


Grapeseed Oil- lightweight, silky feeling


Jojoba Oil- actually a liquid wax, humectant and adds a silky feel to soap


Mango Butter- adds rich silkiness to soap


Oat Oil- absorbs quickly and adds moisture to the skin; rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E


Olive Oil- thick moisturizing oil that creates a creamy lather


Palm Oil- adds a unique feel to cold-process soap and lathers when paired with coconut oil


Rice Bran Oil- rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, thick moisturizing consistency, small bubbles


Shea Butter- feels luxurious and moisturizing in cold process soap


Sunflower Oil- is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E and has an incredible conditioning lather


Sweet Almond Oil contains fatty acids with lightweight and moisturizing properties.


In addition to oils and butters in Salem Soap Mill products, I use numerous extracts (aloe, chamomile, oat), different clays, and colloidal oats. These ingredients enhance and boost the product's performance and deliver more moisture and healing to your skin.


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