Natural Homemade Honey Soap Recipes

Natural Honey Soap Recipes
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It’s hard to put in words just how wonderful this natural honey soap recipe smells, it’s just one of a few soaps that I can’t walk past without having a little sniff.

Both of the homemade honey soap recipes featured below can be made as individual soap batches, they are excellent on their own but perfect as a layered oatmeal & honey soap that will give you the best of both worlds.

  • A mild smooth side with a gentle scent of honey and beeswax.
  • An exfoliating scrubby side with its rich lovely smell of orange, clary sage and honey.

Natural Honey Soap Recipes

Each recipe gives a 2 pound batch of soap so if needed there’s plenty enough to make a few bars on their own along with the layered batch.

The Smooth Natural Honey Soap Recipe

First, let’s have a look at making the smooth honey soap.

There’s no extra added scent in this natural honey soap recipe, just the wonderful mild aroma of honey and beeswax. It’s a hard long lasting bar of soap with a creamy texture that’s suitable for all skin types.

honey soap with beeswax

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz (425g) Shortening (vegetable fat)
  • 10 oz (283g) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 7 oz (198g) Olive Oil
  • 2 oz (57g) Beeswax (preferable white if using as a layered batch)
  • 5 oz (142g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
  • 10 oz (283g) Distilled Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey

If You’ve Not Made Soap Before

Start by watching the short video below or take a look at the cold process tutorial here.

Specifics To This Recipe:

Use the cold process soap making method plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 4 – Mix lye and oil between 120 and 140.
  • In Step 6 – Add honey at trace and stir thoroughly.

Photos From Making This Soap:

The Ingredients
Ingredients
Gently Melt Oils
Gently Melt Oils
Add Honey At Trace
Add Honey At Trace
Pour Soap Into Mold
Pour Soap Into Mold
honey soap with beeswax
Smooth Natural Honey Soap

The Honey, Orange and Oatmeal Soap Recipe

The texture of this natural honey soap recipe can be altered to suit the individual by grinding the oats finer in a blender or grinding with a pestle and mortar.

Or for an extra special bar try substituting half the oatmeal with finely ground dried orange peel, this compliments the orange essential oil beautifully.

Honey orange and oatmeal soap
Honey, Orange and Oatmeal Soap

It’s an exfoliating soap bar suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz (283g) Shortening (vegetable fat)
  • 12 oz (340g) Olive Oil
  • 10 oz (283g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz (57g) Beeswax
  • 5 oz (142g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
  • 11 oz (312g) Distilled Water
  • 2 oz (57g) Oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Orange essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon Clary Sage essential oil

Specifics To This Recipe:

Use the Cold Process Method plus the following recipe specific steps:

The Cold Process Method

  • In Step 4 – Mix lye and oil between 120 and 140.
  • In Step 5 – At trace sprinkle in the oatmeal then add the honey and essential oils and stir thoroughly.

Photos From Making This Soap:

The Ingredients
Ingredients
Gently Melt Oils
Gently Melt Oils
Sprinkle In The Oatmeal At Trace
Sprinkle In The Oatmeal At Trace
Spoon Into Containers
Spoon Into Containers
Allow To Set
Allow To Set
Honey, Orange And Oatmeal Soap
Honey, Orange And Oatmeal Soap

Making The Double Layered Soap

Although I’ve made this layered honey soap in a long slim mold (just wanted to try it really) I have to say I think I would prefer to make this soap in a slightly larger and shallower mold than the one in the photo below. So that the soap is a little more square and it sits flat, with the scrubby side on top and the mild honey soap on the bottom.

Take a look at the finished individual cut soaps and you’ll see that I’ve made this one with the scrubby and the smooth side both showing when sitting flat. To be honest it’s not that big of a deal it’s still a fabulous soap but I would prefer it the other way (felt I had to mention that).

Layered Honey and Oatmeal Soap
Layered Honey and Oatmeal Soap
  1. Make the smooth honey soap recipe as instructed above.
  2. Pour it into the mold up to about the half way mark.
    making honey and oatmeal soap
  3. Cover and leave to set in the usual way then put it to one side for a week.
  4. After the honey and beeswax soap has been left to sit for a week make the honey, orange and oatmeal soap recipe as instructed.
  5. Pour the honey, orange and oatmeal soap into the mold on top of the honey and bees wax soap filling it up to the brim.making honey and oatmeal soap
  6. Cover and wrap the honey soap in a towel then leave to set in for a good 48 hours before removing from the mold and cutting into bars.cut honey and oatmeal soap into bars

 

I hope you enjoy learning how to make soap at home and I’m sure you will love this natural honey soap recipe, it really does smell wonderful and makes a fantastic homemade gift idea.

Natural honey soaps

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Discussion (17 Comments)

  1. Just rendered my own beeswax and honey and was looking for a cold process recipe. Tried one with the honey blended into the oils and was not thrilled with the results. Found this one and as 2 lbs is my standard amount just gave it a try. Your recipe had more beeswax than I had seen recommended (max 2% of recipe), but had the rest of the oils. It came together beautifully. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.

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    • Hi Mz Fizzle,

      That’s so exciting! I’m glad you’re getting on well with the recipe. Let me know how the finished product works out of you, and how it makes your skin feel! I love hearing about that.

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  2. Hello, I made your Smooth Honey Natural Soap a few weeks ago as my 1st soap. I used individual molds and they are very pretty. If I want to use a rectangular mold the next time, how do I know which size to use? I know there are calculators out there to figure this out, but I’m hoping you can help me. I have a 42oz and a 50oz mold that I can use. Thank you.

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  3. What are the first 3 steps to cold process soap? I am new to this but really want to try this as I know how honey is good for skin.

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  4. I made your recipe for honey, orange and oatmeal soap this morning. what a fun recipe! I can’t wait till it is cured. It smells so nice and the texture of the soap looks like it’ll be perfect, not too much and not too little texture.

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  5. Wow that looks great! We usually add 2 tbsp of honey per one kilogram batch, but it doesnt smell of honey at all. Should we increase the amount of honey?

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  6. Okay this sounds absolutely delicious. I’m a girl all about bubble baths, and I have GOT to make this and lather up! Thank you for the recipe!

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  7. Honey soap is one that I have not tried. I took a course on home made soap making and enjoyed it much. The soaps seem much more quality better than commercial soaps. Thank you much.

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  8. I have never made soap before. I read your recipe and I think I will try if I can find all the ingredients. Keep your fingers crossed.

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