Science — in all of its glory — has yet to recreate nature’s most amazing ingredients!
Raw honey and beeswax provide a super effective, germ-killing barrier that improve the health of our skin and hair by locking in moisture and protecting against environmental contaminates.
I love combining these beauties in salves, balms, ointments, and now…soaps!
Created out of pure ingredients — this bar is scented only by the beeswax and raw honey it contains. It is handcrafted using the hot process method. And when used as a shampoo and/or body bar, it is extremely luxurious and healing.
Experience the nourishing and conditioning properties of honey!
Raw Honey Soap
- 10 ounces water
- 4.37 ounces lye (7% excess fat)
*Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:
- Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
- Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.
If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:
I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:
- Handcrafted Soapby Dolores Boone
- The Soapmaker’s Companionby Susan Miller Cavitch
- The Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch
Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.
- Measure both the lye and water – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
- Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
- Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
- Measure the oils (withholding the jojoba…we’ll add that later) and beeswax – by weight – and then place in a crock pot to melt on low heat.
- Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
- After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
- Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
- Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
- Prepare your mold. Note: I just use a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper and it’s always worked perfectly and this recipe is enough to fill one loaf pan.
- Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat and add the honey and jojoba oil.
- Stir until well combined.
- Spoon soap mixture into molds.
- Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
- Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
- Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further.
-The beeswax and honey used here is harvested from happy, healthy bees in Arizona’s Northern high country, from a beekeeper that I know personally. Purchase beeswax here. Or find your own local source with www.honeylocator.com
-Likewise, the tallow used in all of my products is hand-rendered by me and comes directly from a small grass-fed, pastured meats farmer — that I also know personally — in the high mountains of Southern Arizona. *Please use only grass-fed tallow. Click this link for localharvest.org to find a local source and render your own. However, if you are unsuccessful in locating a farmer close to home…purchasing high-quality, grass-fed tallow from U.S. Wellness Meats is a brilliant option!
Where Can I Get This Stuff?
–Mountain Rose Herbs…It’s your one-stop-shop!
-I also just love the people over at The Soap Dish. You can purchase lye and other ingredients necessary for this recipe.
–Starwest Botanicals also has a beautiful selection of Bulk Herbs, Nourishing Oils, and All Manners of Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living!