The other week, I was flicking through my list of soap making recipes to see what I wanted to share with you next. I came across this gorgeous honeycomb soap recipe that I’ve tried before and thought you guys would just love it! Not only is it scented with yummy smelling honey and oatmeal fragrance oil, but it’s also scented with real runny honey too!
I’ve already told you how amazing this soap smells, but you’ll notice that we’re also going to get a fabulous, honeycomb styled effect on top. Similar to the method I used to make my honey candles, this soap is made by using bubble wrap and looks so fun!
I love how it gives the soap a cool, rustic style that is always fashionable. It’s pretty inexpensive, and you can reuse bubble wrap that has been sent in the mail with your parcels if you have any to hand.
This soap should produce an initially soft bar that smells sweet and beautiful, but it may harden over a period of 6 weeks. The longer you leave it to cure, the harder it will be. It’s great for cleansing skin whilst also moisturizing and softening at the same time! You’ve got to try this, it’s now one of my favorites!
Supplies for Honeycomb Soap Recipe
- 530g Olive oil
- 200g Coconut oil
- 70g Beeswax
- 100g Shea butter
- Sheet of bubble wrap (optional)
- 120g Lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 60g Honey
- 320g Distilled water
- 40g Honey or honey and oatmeal fragrance oil
Honeycomb Soap Method
Step 1: Measure out your ingredients. We prefer to use grams, just because it’s so much more accurate and soap recipes can be notoriously unforgiving.
Step 2: As the beeswax will accelerate trace, you want everything to be ready for when you pour your soap batter. So, line your mold with some baking parchment if you’re not using a silicone one. Also, cut a piece of bubble wrap to fit your mold then place it in so that the bubbles face upward. This will get you that cool honeycomb look!
Step 3: Place all oils, butters and waxes (excluding the fragrance oil) into a large pan and place on a low heat to melt.
Step 4: For this step, wearing your safety equipment is essential! Working carefully, add your lye to the water and stir until dissolved.
Then, add your honey to the lye solution and stir once more.
At this point, your lye solution may change color a few times – anywhere from orange, brown to black. It all depends on the type of honey you’re using.
Set your lye solution to one side to cool. Ensure the room is well ventilated, as the fumes are toxic!
Step 5: Now we want to wait for your oil mix and lye solution to reduce in temperature to around 120-140F. This is called balancing. They don’t need to be the exact same, just both fall between these temperature boundaries.
Step 6: Once you’ve balanced your temperatures, pour your lye solution into your melted oils. Your oils should change from a rich, translucent solution to a thin, cloudy batter.
Step 7: Give your batter a brief stir and then blitz then stir with your stick blender in short bursts. You’ll want to continue until trace.
Step 8: You’ll know when you’ve reached trace once your batter has thickened enough to leave a light trace across the top with your spoon. At this point, stop blitzing with your stick blender.
Step 9: Add your fragrance oil stirring as you go, making sure it’s fully combined with your batter.
Beware that fragrance oil can make soap ‘seize’, which means thicken extremely quickly. If this happens, don’t panic! Just start pouring or spoon your batter into your mold without delay. Keeping a clear head and not panicking is key, because that’s when mistakes happen.
You may need to give your mold a bit of a bash to level out the top. Be careful though, as the batter is still caustic at the moment.
Step 10: Next, pop another piece of bubble wrap on top so that you get the honeycomb finish both on the bottom and on the top of your soap. Make sure the bubbles are facing down, and you may need to press them gently into the batter.
Step 11: Cover your soap with a piece of cardboard and insulate with an old towel. Place somewhere safe and out of reach so your kiddies can’t touch it.
Step 12: You’ll want to wait at least 24 hours before you remove from your mold and cut your soap. Wear a pair of gloves to do this, just to be safe. Remember that although your soap may look lovely at this point, it is still caustic for a further 4 weeks. Test with a PH strip before using in order to make sure it’s safe for your skin.
This a great soap for anyone that loves the fragrance of honey, although with the added scent of oatmeal for a more interesting aroma. I’d say he showstopper of these soap is of course it’s honey comb top and bottom. You’ll definitely have friends asking you how you did that, because I know I have.
The bubble wrap is, of course, completely optional and this soap is a luxurious treat with or without it. I just think it looks adorable and makes it really interesting to look at. It’s just something a bit different!
This soap would smell just as good using just honey fragrance oil and no oatmeal. I also find runny honey to be the easiest to work with, but you can pretty much use anything you like.
That’s all I have for you today. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my cool, honeycomb soap recipe and that you give it a try yourself. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below, you know how much I love to hear from you.
Go ahead and share this on all your social medias as well, so you crafting friends can see all the fun stuff you’re getting up to. I’ll be back with another soap recipe very soon!