Bastile Coconut Soap

Today I made a Bastile soap.  Primarily I needed to restock the nearly depleted stock of Castile, but wanted something with a bit more lathering, bubbles and touch to it, so I tried doing a Bastile as a replacement.  I’ve always assumed that bastile is the bastardized version of a Castile in that it’s no longer solely constructed of olive oil, but also with at least two other oils.  In this case, I used coconut and babassu oil.  When making the choices for oils, I turned to my SoapMaker software and watched the numbers very closely to see which ones would give me the qualities I was looking for in this soap.  While it’s a hard bar of soap at 6.0. it also offers 5.3 ranking for fluffy lather, 5.5 ranking for stable lather, and a 6.4 ranking for moisturizing!  Oleic fatty acids comprise the largest percentage in the soap at 49%, and lauric is the next highest, though well down the scale at 16.3% followed by palmitic at 11.9%.

Babassu is an oil I’d not used before in anything, so I went online to look up information about it and found this information from Columbus Foods web site:


Babassu oil comes from the seeds of the babassu tree. The babassu tree is a palm tree that stands approximately 20 meters tall. It is native to Brazil in South American. It grows widely in Brazil and is considered a major industrial and economical resource for the region.

Babassu OilThe babassu tree is primarily used for its light yellow clear oil, which is commonly used in the food and cleansing industry sectors. Babassu oil has similar properties to coconut oil and is used similarly.  More and more, babassu oil is increasingly being used as a replacement for coconut oil.

Babassu oil comes from from the kernels of the Babassu palm and is a non-drying oil    It is high in lauric and myristic acids. These acids have melting points that are close to the human body temperature so, when applied, babassu oil draws the heat from the skin to initiate melting.  Therefore, the transfer of the heat creates a cooling sensation on the skin.  Babassu oil also forms a protective, soothing coat when applied to the skin as well as a pleasant, smooth feeling.

Babassu oil is considered to be a superior emollient that is beneficial for either dry or oily complexions. It gently moisturizes the skin without leaving an oily sheen.

Babassu oil contains about 70% lipids. It is cold pressed from the kernel and is producred without chemicals. The fruit of the babassu is used in products such as drugs , cosmetics, and beverages.  The oil from the seeds is commonly used for cooking and in making soap. The babassu tree’s leaves are even used to provide thatch for houses as wells as woven mats for the construction walls for homes and other uses.  The lumber is used for timbers.

For all these reasons and more, the babassu tree is major industrial, economical and human resource for the region as well as being the source of babassu oil known for it’s healing properties throughout the world.


Given this information, this sounded like a nice choice for the soap, so we’ll see once it’s cut and tested how it feels.  I don’t want to feel like I need to run to the hand lotion quickly after using it.  It must feel soft, silky, give my hands, skin, etc a softer, smoother glide to them than they had prior to washing without feeling stripped of their natural oils.  But NOT greasy!    The heavy greasy feel is not going to work for me.  I’m hopeful this will work out exactly as I hope it will.  Time will tell.  It also sounds like it could be a good oil to use in butters, & lotions, too which is perfect since the Smart Lotionmaking book by Anne L Watson arrived today!  Yay!

Outwardly, you see the lemon Drop mica swirl I used on the top.  This isn’t an echo of one inside.  It’s only on the outside on the top.  The inside has a Hydrated Chrome Green from Bramble Berry and TD white swirled around inside in a different pattern from the usual.  Again, we’ll have to see what we get when it’s cut.  The fragrance is a custom blend of two types – essential oil of lavender and a fragrance oil of chamomile, with just a bit of white tea fragrance oil.  Tussah silk and coconut milk are also included along with colloidal oatmeal.

a bit closer
a bit closer

Bastile (768x1024)

It should be ready around July 1st.  This will take a bit longer due to the high olive oil content.


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