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Saponification Chart

Our saponification values have been gathered primarily from our suppliers and product documentation. In some cases, we have relied upon outside sources. Certain SAP values will differ from those listed in other sources because SAP values can fall within a range of values acceptable for an oil/butter/lipid. The actual value will change depending on the origin of the lipid and what the weather conditions were for that particular plant material and processing techniques. In most cases we used an average of the range so that your soap will not come out lye heavy in the event that the actual SAP value was on the lower end of the range.

These numbers are actual SAP values expressed in the number of mg of KOH required to saponify 1 g of oil/fat. When reading a certificate of analysis of an oil/fat, the SAP Value will be listed in this way.

Most soapers prefer to convert these numbers when making soap to be able to calculate their lye easily. You will see these converted values listed as decimal values. They are derived from the actual SAP value and are not true SAP values.

Dividing the SAP value by 1000 gives us a ratio of KOH to Oil in the same units (mg), and therefore becomes the ratio of KOH needed for any unit, as long as you use the same units to measure your KOH and Oils. Example: An oil with an average SAP value of 190 will require 190/1000 = 0.190 g of KOH per g of oil, or 0.190 ounces of KOH per ounce of oil, or 0.190 pounds of KOH per pound of oil.

Dividing the SAP value by 1402.50 or multiplying the KOH ratio by 40/56.1 (the ratio of the molecular weights of NaOH/KOH), gives us the amount of NaOH required for any unit, as long as you use the same units to measure your NaOH and Oils. Example: An oil with an average SAP value of 190 will require 190/1402.50 = 0.135 g of NaOH per 1 g of oil, 0.135 ounces NaOH per ounce of oil, or 0.135 pounds of NaOH per pound of oil.


Summary:
To convert actual SAP Values into converted values ready to work with in any unit:

  • Solid Soap (NaOH): Divide the average SAP Value by 1402.50
  • Liquid Soap (KOH): Divide the average SAP Value by 1000


To download a tab delimited text copy of this chart, please click here.

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like us to add any SAP values.

Lipids SAP NAOH (oz.) KOH (oz.) INCI Name
Acai Berry Oil 186 - 215 0.136 0.191 Euterpe oleracea Fruit Oil
Almond Oil, Sweet 190 - 200 .137 .193 Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Aloe Vera Butter 240 - 260 .176 .247 Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Aloe Vera Oil 185 - 200 .135 .191 Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (and) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Andiroba Oil, Refined 165 - 210 0.132 0.186 Carapa guianensis (Andiroba) Nut Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil 185 - 195 .134 .188 Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic 185 - 195 .134 .188 Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
Argan Oil, Deodorized 180 - 200 0.134 0.188 Argania spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil
Argan Oil, Virgin Organic 180 - 200 0.134 0.188 Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil
Avocado Oil, Organic 177 - 198 0.132 0.186 Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil
Babassu Oil 245 - 256 .176 .248 Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil
Beeswax Pellets, White Filtered 89 - 103 .067 .095 Beeswax
Black Raspberry Seed Oil 184 - 191 0.132 0.186 Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil
Blackcurrant Oil 185 - 195 .134 .188 Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil
Borage Oil 175 - 196 .130 .184 Borago officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil
Brazil Nut Oil 192 - 202 0.138 0.195 Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil
Buriti Oil 185 - 240 .149 .210 Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil
Camelina Oil 185 - 197 .132 .1859 Camelina sativa (Camelina) Seed Oil
Candelilla Wax Pellets 43 - 65 0.038 0.053 Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera ) Wax
Carnauba Wax Flakes 78 - 95 0.061 0.086 Carnauba (Copernicia cerifera) Wax
Castor Oil 175 - 187 .127 .179 Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil
Cherry Kernel Oil 182 - 202 .135 .190 Prunus avium (Cherry) Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter, Deodorized 188 - 200 0.136 0.192 Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa Butter, Pure Prime Pressed 188 - 200 .136 .192 Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa Butter, Ultra Refined 188 - 200 0.136 0.192 Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Coconut Oil (76 degree) 250 - 264 .178 .252 Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Coffee Bean Butter 175 - 200 0.132 0.186 Coffea arabica Seed Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Cranberry Seed Oil 192 0.135 0.190 Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil
Cucumber Seed Oil 180 - 190 0.130 0.183 Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil
Cupuacu Butter, Refined 210 - 235 0.136 0.191 Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter
Emu Oil, Clear AEA Certified 185 - 200 0.135 0.191 Emu Oil
Evening Primrose Oil, Organic 175 - 196 .130 .184 Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil
Flax Seed Oil 188 - 196 .135 .190 Linum usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil 325 - 340 .234 .329 Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Grape Seed Oil 185 - 200 .134 .188 Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol
Grape Seed Oil, Chardonnay 176 - 194 0.130 0.183 Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil, Organic 185 - 200 0.135 0.191 Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil, Organic 185 - 200 0.135 0.191 Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil, Riesling 185 - 200 0.135 0.191 Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Green Coffee Oil 170 - 220 0.137 0.193 Coffea arabica (Green Coffee) Oil
Hazelnut Oil 180 - 200 0.134 0.188 Corylus americana (Hazel) Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil 190 - 195 .135 .191 Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil, Organic 190 - 195 .135 .191 Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil
Jojoba, Clear 90 - 93 .064 .091 Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Jojoba, Natural 91 - 93 .065 .091 Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Jojoba, Organic, Clear 90 - 93 0.064 0.091 Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Karanja Oil 185 0.130 0.183 Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil
Kukui Nut Oil 185 - 195 0.135 0.190 Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil 190 - 200 .137 .193 Macadamia (Macadamia ternifolia) Seed Oil
Manketti Oil 190 - 205 0.139 0.195 Schinziophyton rautanenii (Manketti) Oil
Meadowfoam Oil 169 .119 .167 Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Monoi de Tahiti Oil 240-270 .178 .252 Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Moringa Oil 190 - 205 0.139 0.195 Moringa oleifera Oil
Olive Oil 184 - 196 .133 .188 Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil 185 - 205 0.137 0.193 Nigella sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil
Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil 188 0.132 0.186 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil
Papaya Oil 180 - 200 0.134 0.188 Carica papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil
Passionfruit Seed Oil 185 - 205 0.137 0.193 Passiflora incarnata (Passionfruit) Seed Oil
Pecan Oil 191 0.135 0.190 Algooquian pacaan (Pecan) Nut Oil
Pequi Oil 190 - 220 0.137 0.193 Caryocar braziliensis (Pequi) Fruit Oil
Perilla Oil 185 - 200 .135 .191 Perilla ocymoides (Perilla) Seed Oil
Pomace Olive Oil 189.7 .133 .188 Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil 187 - 195 .134 .189 Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil
Red Raspberry Seed Oil 188 0.132 0.186 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil
Rice Bran Oil 190 0.133 0.188 Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
Roasted Coffee Oil 175 - 195 0.130 0.183 Coffea Arabica
Rosehip Oil 185 - 193 0.133 0.187 Rosa Canina / Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic 185 - 193 0.133 0.187 Rosa Canina / Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil
Safflower Oil High Linoleic 185 - 198 .135 .190 Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
Sesame Oil 186 - 199 .135 .191 Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
Sesame Oil, Organic 186 - 199 .135 .191 Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
Shea Butter 170 - 190 .126 .178 Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit
Shea Oil 170 - 195 .128 .181 Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Seed Oil
Soybean Oil 190 .134 .188 Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil
Soybean Oil, Organic 190 0.134 0.188 Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil
Stearic Acid 207-211 .147 .207 Stearic Acid
Sunflower Oil, High Oleic 191 0.134 0.189 Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil 185 - 198 .134 .189 Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Tamanu (Foraha Oil) 185-235 0.148 0.208 Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil
Virgin Coconut Cream Oil 248 - 265 0.180 0.254 Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil
Walnut Oil 190 - 197 .136 .192 Juglans regia (Walnut) Seed Oil
Watermelon Seed Oil 188 - 195 .135 .190 Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Seed Oil
Wheatgerm Oil 180 - 200 .135 .190 Triticum vilgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Yangu (Cape Chestnut) Oil 192.2 .135 .190 Calodendrum capense (Cape chestnut) Oil
Other Lipids SAP NAOH (oz.) KOH (oz.)  
Beef Tallow   .140 .196  
Canola Oil   .123 .173  
Corn Oil   .135 .190  
Cottonseed Oil   .137 .192  
Deer Tallow   .139 .1946  
Goat Tallow   .139 .1946  
Lard   .138 .1932  
Mustard Oil   .122 .172  
Niger-Seed Oil   .135 .1890  
Peanut Oil   .135 .190  
Poppyseed Oil   .136 .192  
Rapeseed Oil   .124 .175  
Shortening, Vegetable   .136 .1904  

 

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