Each soap maker will have their own distinctive recipes and oil preferences for a hundred different reasons.  Each different kind of oil brings with it an array of beneficial properties for the soap.  

Below is a list of the oils I use and my reasons for doing so:

COCONUT OIL: is a favourite of most soap makers as it creates a nice hard bar with a big fluffy lather and plenty of glycerine. 

OLIVE OIL: Super moisturising, olive oil will readily absorb into the skin.  It has high humectant properties which attracts moisture into the skin to hydrate.  A 100% olive oil soap is known as Castille soap.  Olive oil produces a very soft soap, so Castille takes around one year to cure but is an absolutely beautiful soap to use.

SHEA BUTTER: I choose to add a generous amount of shea butter for a luxurious thick creamy lather.  Shea butter has large amounts of unsaponifiable compounds, which is a fancy way of saying it doesn't get caught up in the chemical reaction and so is free instead to get caught up loving your skin.

COCOA BUTTER: produces a hard bar with a stable lather, and is very conditioning. 

AVOCADO OIL: is known for its rejuvenating effect on all types of skin.  It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids, potassium, and proteins and is a key player in turning a good bar of soap into a great bar of soap.

CASTOR OIL: acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin.  In the right quantities it produces a thick creamy lather with large bubbles.

RICEBRAN OIL: rich in vitamin E and antioxidants it contributes to make a mild, creamy and moisturising bar of soap.