Coconut Oil Free Cold Process Soap

This is day 12 of my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day. These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends.

Coconut Oil Free Cold Process Soap

They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!

blueberry and nettle soap

Featured Ingredients:

Babassu oil – Babassu oil is a great sub for coconut oil. Some people are simply allergic to coconut oil but still want a nice and bubbly bar of soap.

Blueberry Seeds – I LOVE blueberry seeds for exfoliation. They provide a gentle exfoliation and seem less scratchy than other exfoliants with sharper edges and cuts. They also provide an interesting color variation in soap and give it a speckled look. Don’t want a scrubby soap? Leave them out!

Nettle Powder – Nettle has been used for centuries to alleviate skin issues from eczema to acne and everything in between. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut Oil-Free Cold Process Soap

Babassu oil – 10 oz.
Shea butter – 4 oz.
Olive oil – 10 oz.
Castor oil – 2 oz.
Rice Bran oil – 4 oz.
Avocado oil – 2 oz.

Lye – 4.4 oz.
Water – 9 oz.

Blueberry Seeds – 1 teaspoon (leave out if you don’t want exfoliating soap)
Nettle Powder – 2 teaspoons

Essential Oil Blend:

Lemon (or orange) Essential oil – 20 grams
Patchouli Essential oil – 20 grams
Litsea Essential Oil – 20 grams

Basic Soapmaking Process:

New to soapmaking? Visit our basic tutorial here.

Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.

Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.

Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.

Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.

Step 5 – Add essential oils and additives to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.

Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!

Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.

Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least 8 weeks.


Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail

About the Author:

I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.


  1. Steve Burnworth March 12, 2018 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Sure enjoyed the coconut-free recipe! Am trying to get proficient at layering or swirling CPOP soap. Did you write a book on natural soapmaking? IF so, would it likely be available @Barnes & Noble? ( I’m not good with e-mail !! )

  2. Maggie March 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. I had no idea that Babassu Oil was so similar in properties to Coconut Oil. Great alternative.

  3. Rose Geasland March 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I came across a ‘commercial’ soap with palm oil, palm kernel oil, salt, glycerine,and shea butter. I am trying to come up with a good recipe for these ingredients. Any suggestions? I have a good recipe using olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil but want to try something new.

  4. Mary McCarty March 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Hi! I’m trying to make my own hair products because I’m so allergic to almost everything I’ve bought. One of the things I’m almost positive I’m allergic to is coconut oil. I saw your recipe and wondered if I could adapt this for a shampoo bar? It seems as if it may be a little too cleansing for hair; is there a way I could make it a little milder like superfatting at trace? I’m very new to soap making. I’ve only made one bar. Exciting, but now I realize I can’t use it because it has coconut oil in it.

  5. Lena March 14, 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

    My daughter is allergic to coconut so I really appreciate finding a recipe that is coconut free! It is almost impossible to find soap, shampoo and conditioner that don’t have coconut or ingredients derived from coconut!

    Do you know if I can use Babssu oil in liquid soap as well as a replacement for coconut??

    I just found your website so I don’t know if you have any recipes for shampoo etc. Do you know if I can use Babassu oil as a replacement for coconut in shampoo as well?

    Thank you,


  6. Marilyn July 13, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    So far I have loved every recipe in the 30 recipes in 30 days! And I ordered another BB mold. I love the bar shape and size! I would love to see a scrubby soap using beach sand as an additive. I have some beautiful sugar white sand from Anna Maria Island(west coast of Florida) my sister brought up to me that I don’t know what to do with. Keep up the great work….many Blessings coming your way!

    • Amanda Gail July 14, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Oh! That will be wonderful! I’ve never used sand in soap but I know people have.

  7. Erin Evans July 13, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful Soap! I absolutely love babassu oil in my soaps and shampoos. It is more expensive than coconut oil but is perfect to keep on hand for customers that are allergic to coconut oil as you have mentioned. Great Recipe and Thanks for sharing as always :)!

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