I have read all I could find regarding soap making and the discussions regarding NaOH and KOH (and some very interesting comments). However, I couldn't find anything about the difference the oil makes in soap making.
Compilations of expreimental data using combinations of NaOH or KOH with corn oil and olive oil show that olive oil & NaOH makes the best soap while corn oil and KOH makes the worst (If ever made)
I'm assuming that the structure of the long hydrophobic chains affect the outcome.
Can anyone elaborate on why one combination would make better soap?
Corn oil is 10% saturated fat, 20% monounsaturated fat, and 70% poly-unsaturated fat
Oilve oil is 10% saturated fat, 80% monounsaturated fat, and 10% polyunsaturated fat.
Thank you ~ ~