Easy Honey Soap Recipe
The human race owes a lot to bees and their societies. By-products of beehives, like honey, beeswax, and propolis, are all beneficial to human beings. They can also be used as soap making ingredients. Working with these ingredients can be tricky, however, as organic ingredients can contain unsaponifiable components, which can come out to look like impurities in the final product.
This is why any honey soap recipe is kind of tricky. Your measurements must be exact. In general, you will need to mix 1 tablespoon of honey with every pound of oils in your mixture. Using coconut oil is also ideal. Mixed with olive oil, even better.
Here's a honey soap recipe sent out to the Super Soap Making members:
- 1 tbsp. organic honey
- 5.65 oz dark beer (room temp and flat)
- 5.1 oz olive oil
- 5.1 oz coconut oil
- 3.4 oz palm oil
- 1.7 oz sunflower oil
- .85 oz shea butter
- .85 oz castor oil
- 0.8 oz essential oil of choice
- 2.45 oz lye
- You will have to leave the beer out of its container for a few days in order to make sure it is completely flat or is no longer carbonated. Use this to make your lye solution. Make the solution over the sink, as mixing lye with other liquids tends to make the liquid bubble over, and you don't want the mess. Stir the lye in very slowly, and make sure you are in a very well ventilated area as it will smell.
- Follow your usual process of making soap. At trace, put in your honey along with your essential oil.
- Pour into molds and let it saponify overnight. Slice, then let it cure for for about three weeks.
One perk to having unsaponifiable components is that you can reach trace much faster, and this is always welcome when making any soap! The setback, however, is that in most honey soap recipes, you add the honey once you have seen the first signs of trace.
Any bee by-product makes a great soap ingredient. Bee products have anti-bacterial properties, they're also great for the skin and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Naturally protecting the skin's layers and locking in moisture, it also cleanses the skin mildly while rejuvenating it.