When selecting coconut oil as an ingredient it gives the option of 76 deg or 92 deg. I’m not sure how to tell the difference?
Good question Carol . The numbers refer to melting points (in Farenheit) . The standard is Coconut Oil 76 deg. So if the product you buy doesn’t specify anything on the label, it is most probably the 76 deg variety. Whereas, Coconut Oil 92 deg is also known as hydrogenated coconut oil. Hydrogen has been added to the oil in order to make it more solid, so that it has a higher melting point. So look on product labels to see if it says anything about melting points, or if the word “hydrogenated” is used. If not, then it’s probably standard coconut oil (76 deg). This is the most common variety used by soap-makers. The 92 deg variety has less lather apparently. Another tip: All unrefined coconut oil is 76 deg. Whereas, not all refined coconut oil is necessarily 92 deg. Hydrogenation is only one type of refinement. So if the label says “unrefined”, it is always 76 deg. If it says “refined”, there is no way to be sure which kind it is, unless the word “hydrogenated” is used. There also doesn’t seem to be a difference in the amount of NaOH required. So it won’t affect soap calculations. Another way to confirm is to check which temperature your oil melts in the summer months, or on hot days. The 76 deg variety will melt when the temperature is just 24’C, whereas the 96 deg will only melt when day time temperatures reach at least 33’C. I have never encountered the 92 deg variety in South Africa, but I haven’t actively looked for it either. All common brands that I find are 76 deg. I hope that helps clear the confusion.
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