Fish oil is a big part of the Icelandic culture and is used for many health purposes. However, the byproduct of processed fish oil is not consumed and I therefore decided to find one way in which we can use it. I thus decided to produce soap from the byproduct, but before I could do that I needed to see if it was practical to create the soap at all through the process of saponification. Furthermore, I wanted to compare the saponification number to that of coconut oil, since it is a widely popular and efficient source of soap. Hence, the research question for my project became: Can Icelandic cod oil be as efficiently saponified as coconut oil by comparing its saponification value to that of coconut oil?


Vifill Hardarson