Easy Honey Soap Making Instructions
Honey is a wonderful ingredient for making soap. As the main ingredient in soap making, it produces soap that has a warm and wonderful sweet smell, with a gold honey brown color that lathers well, and helps to keep moisture in your skin.
Here is a basic soap recipe that uses honey.
360 ml vegetable shortening
120 ml coconut oil
30 ml pure and filtered beeswax
60 ml lye
30 ml honey
1 cup cold distilled water
rubber or wooden mold
stainless steel or enamel pot
Preparing the Lye Solution:
Mix the lye and the cold water in a pyrex container, making sure to gently pour the lye to the water and not the other way around.
Stir gently using the rubber spatula until the lye has completely dissolved in water. Do note that while you are adding lye to water, fumes will be produced and the mixture will turn hot (about 150F to 200F). Be sure to do this step in a well ventilated area and that you are well protected with rubber gloves and glasses.
Put the container in a cold water bath while preparing the other ingredients to bring the temperature down to about 100F.
Preparing the Oils
Melt beeswax and coconut oil together over a double boiler. Set aside.
Melt the vegetable shortening in a stainless steel pot over medium heat. Set aside and allow to cool to about 100F.
Creating the Soap
When both vegetable shortening and lye solution are at 100F, mix them together. Pour the lye solution into the vegetable shortening.
Stir the solution until you begin to observe trace. You know you’ve reached trace when you begin to see visible drops of soap on top of the mixture that takes a while to rejoin the mixture.
Pour the beeswax and coconut oil mixture into the batch, all the time stirring continuously.
Once the beeswax and coconut oil mixture are completely mixed into the batch, add in the honey. Stir.
Pour the mixture into your mold and cover with plastic wrap.
Set aside to cool undisturbed for at least 48 hours.
After 48 hours, the soap should be dry enough that it would easily separate from the mold. Once you’ve removed it from the mold, cut it into your preferred size.
Once you’ve successfully removed them from the mold, you need to let the soap cure for 2 weeks to a month.