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Potassium Cocoate is the potassium salt of coconut fatty acid.  It's an all natural liquid surfactant made from 100% whole coconut oil and potassium hydroxide. Because of the flash foaming properties of potassium cocoate this product is great for use in liquid soaps, shampoos, and scrubs. Not meant for use above 35% in recipe formulations. This product contains glycerin as a natural moisturizer. When used at less than 10% in formulation, potassium cocoate works well for baby shampoo and bodywash.

This surfactant can be easily diluted with botanical or distilled water alone.  If you're feeling more adventurous you may also dilute the surfactant with water in combination with small amounts of fragrance, oils, and/or extracts.  Simply combine and mix thoroughly.

Botanical Name:  Aqua/Water/Eau, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin
Common Name:  Potassium Cocoate 

Below is an easy project from Soap Queen TV using Potassium Cocoate.


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by steffanee
on 10/16/2014
low suds, waxy
This is one of the few products from BB that I've been disappointed with. The PO is fairly low sudsing - not the worst thing ever - but when combined with butters and sugars for a soapy scrub, left a very waxy feel on my skin (and I tried two different recipes [one from a BB newsletter] just to make sure). Not recommended.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Steffanee! I'm sorry this product wasn't your favorite. We've found it creates a scrub that is moisturizing and non-greasy, as seen in this Soap Queen TV Episode on How to Make Fresh Rain Sugar Scrub. I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this issue!

by Julie
on 10/1/2014
Misleading Description
I am seconding Marshas' review. I almost purchased this when I read the description, but then I saw Marshas review. The description is completely misleading, and I would have been very upset had I purchased this product, especially since the only approved returns are pretty much just molds & tools. "Natural liquid surfactant" makes people think of SLS and Coco Betaine, etc., NOT liquid soap made with lye. Please change the description to show that this is a LIQUID LYE SOAP, not a surfactant. Also, the correct INCI would be Distilled Water, Coconut Oil and Potassium Hydroxide.

Reply from Bramble Berry Hi Julie! The ingredient listing of this product is correct. There is no lye present in the final product. The product has been analyzed and that is what is present. It is 100% saponified coconut oil, there is nothing else added to it. The reason it can't be used at 100% in your recipes is because coconut oil is more harsh than other oils. However, it does make a great ingredient at 30% or less in your products! I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this!

by Mitchell
on 8/13/2014
Great alternative to making my own
Personally, I love this product. I use it when I'm soaking my feet. It's an effective coconut-based cleanser, and it really does product a lot of bubbles. Making it myself is time consuming, so it's great to have it ready to go when I need it.
by Marsha
on 7/15/2014
I'm astonished!
Really, as a soap maker, I'm very surprised at the description of this. Potassium cocoate IS LIQUID SOAP made from lye, water and coconut oil! With glycerin being the byproduct and the lye completely neutralized after it's all said and done. I'm very surprised at how this is described, as though it's a synthetic detergent, rather than real liquid soap. I get it that you're selling a base, but please at least be accurate in the description so that folks KNOW what they're buying. And, no, I would not use this as a baby wash. Coconut oil soap is too cleansing and will dry the skin, no matter what you try to add to it. So please, fix this description so it's actually accurate of what it truly is. Thank you.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Marsha! Thanks for taking the time to leave a response. You're right, Potassium Cocoate is made with Coconut Oil and Potassium Hydroxide! In the description, we say it's a natural liquid surfactant, not a synthetic detergent. Also, we recommend using this product at 10% or less for baby products. I will be emailing you personally to discuss this!

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