FOOD BASED SKIN CARE

Easy Beginners Honey Soap Recipe

This is the first recipe I ever used with honey and I love it and want you to have it too.

All of our recipes consist of the very oils in your kitchen, you use, have seen or have right now available to you right now. Honey has anti-aging properties, skin tightening benefits and is a great way to help add moisture to your skin help you look younger. This soap should be used especially if you live in any parts of the world where the weather gets cold or is cold. Honey is a humectant which means it pulls moisture from the environment, retains and preserves it.

Inexpensive and BEGINNER friendly, Secret Revealed-Honey will increase the lather of any bar of soap

 Begin with;

  1. 10. oz coconut oil (melt if unfractionated) "solid"
  2. 12. oz Olive oil (there is a difference b/t) Olive oil pomace (its part olive oil and part soybean which is also called vegetable oil)
  3. 20. oz Vegetable oil aka soybean oil or soybean shortening
  4. 2. oz beeswax (humectant, firms the soap too) dissolve in heated oils
  5. 14.5 oz distilled water only
  6. 5.9 oz lye aka sodium hydroxide
  7. 2 Tbsp of honey ( 2 Tbsp per 16 oz of oil) Add at light trace
  8. 2. oz of Fragrance oil or 1.4 oz of essential oil. (vanilla, blood orange etc.)
  9. Directions: Add your lye to your water in a heat safe container. I use a glass measuring cup. Lye is caustic so wear eye protection and gloves and mix in a well ventilated area, avoid breathing the fuses please. Lye added to water slowly can reach upwards to 185 degrees instantly, be cautious! Once your oils and lye water are at the same temp, 120-130 is standard they can vary by 10 degrees of each other combine them, blend with an immersion blender aka stick blender until you reach light trace, add in honey now the color may change to a reddish orange, pinkish color it will correct itself as it goes through the saponification process. Added the honey can also cause the base to thicken so pour into your soap molds ASAP, you want it pourable, you can add oats if you like and you don't need to insulate this honey will increase the temp so place it somewhere to cure, uncovered in a closet or area designated for soap making. Tomorrow pop it out of the mold and cut it. Allow to cure for a minimum of 4wks the longer the better, the harder the bars will be and it will shrink.

No need to insulate w/ a blanket as with other recipes, honey increases the temp and additional heat (covering) my cause curdling or cracking of your soap. Allow to set over night then remove from mold, cut and allow to cure for at least 4 weeks. The longer it sets the firmer it will become and will shrink a bit so wait to make your labels for it if you plan to sell any or give as gifts. 

The effect you see in the photo was made by taking a piece of bubble wrap while the base is wet and laying it across it, lightly press down to create the indentation. Have fun.

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