Sodium cocoate is basically a soap obtained from coconut oil. It is the common name for coconut oil fatty acid mixtures used in the manufacture of soaps. It acts as an emulsifier and gently cleans the skin. It is the main component of vegetable soaps and surfactants and helps remove dirt, oil and other contaminants.
Coconut oil with the sodium hydroxide (lye) on hydrolyzation reaction gives sodium cocoate. It is simply a coconut oil derivative which is formulated through the saponification process which involves hydrolyzation of coconut oil in presence of sodium in order to create soap.
Sodium cocoate is a cleaning agent and surfactant. It is surface active compound and an emulsifying agent and useful to remove or protect the skin from dirt, oil and other impurities.
Sodium cocoate is also used in cosmetic industry. Its emulsifying, surfactant and cleaning properties make it useful in skin care products such as shaving creams and skin creams.