High in unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins A, B, D and E, Sunflower Oil is a lovely light oil with a pleasant smell and feel. Satiny smooth and non-greasy on the skin, it is also very affordable.
Sunflower has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. This is wonderful to enhance your soap with their skin therapeutic benefits, and Sunflower is definitely priced to be a soap maker's choice. However, it should be combined with more saturated fats to yield a reliable result. Replacing up to 10% of the total fats with Sunflower oil yields a very mild, moisturizing soap, yet tracing times and overall hardness of the soap may be affected if you use too much.
Components of Sunflower Oil:
- Oleic Acid 70-87%
- Linoleic Acid 3-12%
- Stearic Acid 3-5%
- Palmitic Acid 3-5%
- Linolenic Acid <1%
(Quoted from S. Parker, A study of lipids. Proportions may vary due to the plant-based nature of the product).