Honey is nothing short of a miracle! Nectar is gathered from flower blossoms by bees, transported back to hives and then the worker bees weave their magic and you are left with a wonderful, thick syrup full of moisture and sweetness. Little wonder that honey soap making is so popular amongst soapers!
Honey has been used for centuries, predominantly by women, for bathing in and for washing their hair and has been well documented for keeping skin moisturized and hair looking glossy. Honey is a remarkable liquid that has both moisturizing properties as well as healing and soothing powers. Because honey is a humectant, which means it naturally attracts moisture to itself and has good retention, it lends itself extremely well to honey soap making, producing wonderful bars of moisturizing soap with a light, warm sweet scent. The high sugar content in honey is what also makes a wonderful creamy lather.
You can buy melt and pour bases with the honey already incorporated and you can also add honey to just about any hot or cold process soap recipe. One of my favourite honey soap making recipes is Sweet Citrus Honey. I love the combination of honey and citrus because the colour and the smell is just wonderfully warm and inviting and the soap when crafted to look like a piece of honeycomb, makes you feel like taking a huge bite of it!
Sweet Citrus Honey Soap
- 180 grams of lard
- 270 grams of coconut oil
- 90 grams of castor oil
- 90 grams of shea butter
- 1 tsp orris root powder
- 18 grams of beeswax
- 2 tsp liquid honey
- 3 tsps sweet orange essential oil
- 3 tsps oz grapefruit essential oil
- 3 tsps lemon essential oil
Line the bottom of a soap mold with a piece of bubble wrap with the bubbles facing up. Cut another piece to place on top of the poured soap.
Melt the beeswax with the hard oils and then add the honey and orris root.
Make the soap as usual for any hot process soap
Combine the essential oils and add them when the mix is at light trace.
Pour the soap into the prepared mold when the mix is at a medium trace. Top with the remaining piece of bubble wrap, bubbles facing down, and press gently.
Put the soap to rest as usual and cut when cooled.
Well done! You have a soap that looks good enough to eat!
I wouldn’t mind betting that now you have learned about honey soap making, that you soon get addicted to other types of soap making.
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