Honey Citrus Tea Lip Balm

LemonsThe weather has been bitter cold of late. I dread having to get the mail or go shopping for groceries. This is a bone deep cold that makes the joints ache and the teeth chatter. My problem is that I have grown bored of my regular repertoire of hot drinks. I am sick of hot chocolate, weary of coffee, disinterested in tea and horror of horrors, uninspired when it comes to Chai lattes. So I have turned to my last option, Honey Citrus Tea.

Finished Lip Balm. YUM!
Finished Lip Balm. YUM!

Honey Citrus Tea actually has no tea in it. It is a mix of fresh lemons, clover honey and hot water. It is wonderful for soothing throats and making one feel at home. Sometimes, I even add some cinnamon or ginger for a change. It really spices things up. Come join me for this cozy tasting lip balm.

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Honey Flavor Oil
Lemon USA Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
286 g Soy Lip Solutions
2.8 g Honey Flavor Oil
1.4 g Lemon USA Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.1 oz Honey Flavor Oil
0.05 oz Lemon USA Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98.5% Soy Lip Solutions
1% Honey Flavor Oil
0.5% Lemon USA Essential Oil

 

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Honey Flavor Oil and Lemon Essential Oil. Stir well.

 

Filling Lip Balm Tray
Filling Lip Balm Tray

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Scraping Excess Off
Scraping Excess Off

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Apple Pie Lip Balm

ApplePieThanksgiving is just around the corner and I am so excited for our Thanksgiving feast. Every family has something that just shines at the dinner table. Some families have glorious golden stuffing while others have the creamiest potatoes. My family specializes in pie. Pumpkin pie, banana cream pie, pecan pie, blueberry pie and apple pie. We can have pies taking up one entire table! My three favorites are classic pumpkin pie, caramelized pecan pie and crisp apple pie. Yum!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

This lip balm is inspired by my family’s apple pie. I’ll even see if I can share our recipe just in time for Thanksgiving. It is fabulous and have some secret ingredients that you may not expect but allow the bright flavor of fresh apples to shine through. In the mean time, let’s play around this making an apple pie lip balm!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285 g Soy Lip Solutions
1.4 g Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
2.8 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.3 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 oz Soy Lip Solutions
.05 oz Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
.01 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98.4% Soy Lip Solutions
0.5% Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
1% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.1% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

 

Adding Flavor Oils
Adding Flavor Oils

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil and Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil. Stir well.

Filling Lip Balm Tray
Filling Lip Balm Tray

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Cooled Lip Balm
Cooled Lip Balm

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of Lip Solutions during this process. This is normal and to

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Sparkling Apple Juice Lip Balm

Sparkling Juice
Sparkling Juice

‘Tis the season of sparkling juices with fancy labels packaged in green wine bottles. I remember seeing these as a little girl while shopping with my mother. I loved the look of all of the beautiful bottles, expertly stacked to dizzying heights. I even remember the rare occasion when my parents would buy a bottle.  I remember thinking my little green Tupperware® cup had never held something that tasted so good. (To this day, sparkling juices taste better in Tupperware®.)

Lip Balm Solution
Lip Balm Solution

This lip balm is a lot of fun because you are not limited to just apple. Try making one with Black Cherry, Peach, Grape, Orange or even Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oils! Even add a little bit of cinnamon for a sparkling cider twist! Join me for a tasty lip balm!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Champagne Flavor Oil
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
286 g Soy Lip Solutions
6 g Champagne Flavor Oil
3 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Champagne Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.9% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Champagne Flavor Oil
1% Green Apple Flavor Oil

 

Adding Flavor Oils
Adding Flavor Oils

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil and Champagne Flavor Oil. Stir well.

Pouring Lip Solutions into filling tray
Pouring Lip Solutions into filling tray

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Scraping Excess Off
Scraping Excess Off

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of Lip Solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Finished Lip Balm. YUM!
Finished Lip Balm. YUMMY!

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Spiced Apple Cider Lip Balm

Hot Apple Cider
Hot Apple Cider

We have had a bout of bitter cold weather. I am miserable. My joints ache and I feel as if I can never get warm enough. When the weather gets like this, my drink of choice is Spiced Apple Cider. It is homey, it is sweet and most importantly, it is hot. Today we get to make a lip balm that tastes just like spiced apple cider. Yum! Join me. We can giggle in the kitchen and have a great time.

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm
Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285 grams Soy Lip Solutions
5.5 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.5 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.02 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.8% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.2% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

 

Collected Ingredients
Collected Ingredients

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil. Stir well.

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Mixing Flavors into Lip Balm
Mixing Flavors into Lip Balm

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Pouring into filling tray
Pouring into filling tray

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Peppermint Bark Toffee Lip Balm

Peppermint Bark Toffee Photo Credit Whoa Foods
Peppermint Bark Toffee
Photo Credit Whoa Foods

The holiday season is upon us and the stores have laid out all of the winter treats. Peanut brittle, candy canes, chocolate covered jelly sticks, divinity, caramels and peppermint bark fill the shelves to near bursting. I can’t shop without some tempting treat calling my name.

This week, I will be sharing some fun lip balms that taste like these delectable treats without the calories.

Collected Ingredients
Collected Ingredients

One of my favorite holiday treats is brittle toffee coated in layers of milk and white chocolate sprinkled with bits of peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Bark Toffee is absolutely superb! Come join me as we make the calorie free version of this sweet.

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285 g Soy Lip Solutions
3 g Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
3 g Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil
0.85 gPeppermint Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.1 oz Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil
0.03 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.7% Soy Lip Solutions
1% Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
1% Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil
.3% Peppermint Essential Oil

 

Adding flavors to melted lip balm
Adding flavors to melted lip balm

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil, Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil. Stir well.

 

Verifying everything is mixed well.
Verifying everything is mixed well.

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Gently flooding the lip balm filling tray
Gently flooding the lip balm filling tray

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool  and cap.

Waiting for the lip balm to cool
Waiting for the lip balm to cool

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!
Taylor

 

 

Cooled lip balm
Cooled lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scraping the excess off
Scraping the excess off

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Lip Balm. YUM!
Finished Lip Balm. YUM!
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Usage Rates – The importance of following them

StopSignI love to experiment and try the unusual things. I love to push boundaries. I love to test the crazy or seemingly impossible. However in the world of soaps and cosmetics, I will also be the first to tell you that we have usage rates for a reason and you need to follow them. Those restrictions are in place for a very important reason. That reason? Your safety.

Allow me to explain. You can put more than 10% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil into your soap, lotion, lip balm or foot cream. This doesn’t mean you should. In fact, you definitely should NOT! Your skin will tingle and burn to the point you will think your skin is on fire. You will not be able to use an unscented soap fast enough. You will send your spouse to the closest grocery store to clear them out of every type of unscented bar and body wash product they have lining the shelves while you proceed to drain the water heater in record time. This is not the time to test your limits.

Here is another excellent example. I recently purchased a new tube of toothpaste. It is a popular brand that is in most grocery stores. I have been using this type of toothpaste from the same company for at least 10 years.  And the point is? (Hang with me, I am getting there.)

After two days of using my new tube of toothpaste, I started to develop these cold sore type sores in the corners of my mouth. I thought I had cold sores. After talking with Tina from our technical support department about how miserable I was, she asked if it could be my toothpaste. I was stunned! I hadn’t changed anything in what I was buying. I put it to the test. I used kid’s bubble gum flavored toothpaste the next morning. By evening, my sores were gone.

I wasn’t a complete believer yet. That weekend, I brushed with my new minty tube of toothpaste. The sores came back! Yikes! We had pin-pointed the source.

It is scary to think that a reputable brand like that can have a batch of toothpaste in which its usage rate is so high, it tests the limits of what someone can physically handle. So please, follow a manufactures given usage rates. They are given for your safety! More is not always better. (Plus, following usage rates means more money in your pocket. Sweet!)

If you aren’t sure how much fragrance or essential oil to use in your product, check out our fragrance calculator. This is an handy resource and it is even free! Happy (safe) crafting!

Taylor

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Packaged Soap – Caramel Style

Packaging Inspiration. Yum!
Packaging Inspiration. Yum!

One of the hardest parts about making soap for me isn’t formulating or mixing or even swirling. It is packaging. There is a mind boggling amount of packaging available for soap. You can use shrink bands, cigar bands, boxes, bags and more! You can even leave your soaps “naked”. Today I wanted to share a fun way to package your soaps. It is especially great for the upcoming holidays. Red, green and gold anyone?

Finished Wrapped Soaps
Finished Wrapped Soaps

What actually inspired this packaging was caramels. Every year, the women of my family gather in someone’s kitchen and we make caramels. Not the pre-made type that you melt down or cut. No, we make caramels from cream and sugar and butter.  The kind of caramels that your grandmother remembers with a wistful smile.

Placing Soap
Placing Soap

After we have stood over the hot stove stirring till each of our arms has given out, we pour the caramel onto my mother’s marble block so that it may cool. Once the caramel has cooled, we slice that huge slab into bite sized pieces and we wrap it in little twists of paper. They remind me a little of salt water taffy when we are done. They are beautiful and a much coveted treat during the holidays.  Come join me as we wrap another welcome gift, soap!

Wrapping Soap
Wrapping Soap

For this project you will need your finished soap cut into bars, tissue paper, tape and ribbon. Let’s get started!

Lay your tissue paper out flat, short end toward you. Place your soap in the center, closer to the top. Wrap the top of the tissue paper toward yourself and roll the soap until you reach the bottom of the tissue paper. Secure with a small piece of tape.

Placing Tape
Placing Tape

Crinkle the excess paper that is right next to the bar. This allows you to tie a ribbon around this section with relative ease. Tie a ribbon around the section of tissue paper that your crinkled. Repeat on the other side. You are done and ready to present your soap!

Taylor

 

Crimping Tissue Paper
Crimping Tissue Paper

P.S. Send pictures of your holiday packaging for a chance to win one of our Extra Large Handmade Tray molds. You must be an MMS customer to win. Winners will be selected by the MMS Staff based on creativity and visual appeal. Two winners will be selected. Submissions must be sent to blog@thesage.com by 12:00 PM on November 25th or they will be disqualified. Prizes will ship December 3rd.

Tying Ribbon
Tying Ribbon

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Soap
Finished Soap
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Honey and Beeswax Soap

Finished Honey and Beeswax Soap
Finished Honey and Beeswax Soap

I had a lot of fun experimenting with honey and beeswax in soap. But what about putting them together? What kinds of risks and challenges might one face? What will the finished soap be like? Today, I wanted to make a soap containing both honey and beeswax so that we can answer these questions. Join me in the blog kitchen for some sweet fun!

Ready to make soap
Ready to make soap

I am really curious about combining both honey and beeswax in soap. In the soaping world, we generally recognize sugars as heat sensitive ingredients. Honey is no different. So how do we make soap using one ingredient that requires high heat for mixing but another requires low heat? Are you ready to find out?

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Beeswax
Water
Lye
Honey
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 g Coconut Oil
156 g Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
113 g Olive Oil
14 g Beeswax
177 mL Water
64 g Lye
7 grams Honey
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
5.5 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
0.5 oz Beeswax
6 fl oz Water
2.28 oz Lye
0.25 oz Honey
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
34.38% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
25% Olive Oil
3.12% Beeswax
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Honey

 

Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until they become liquid. While your oils are heating, weigh out the sodium hydroxide. Add the lye to the 6 oz of water. Never add water to your lye container. It can cause a dangerous volcano. Your safety is of the utmost importance. When your oils are at about 160º F and lye solution are at about 110º F, add the lye solution to the oil mixture. Mix until you reach a light trace.

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

The reason why there is such a large temperature difference between the two mixtures is because we do not want to beeswax to solidify nor do we want the soap to overheat. The difference in temperatures allows for the soap to be mixed without volcanoing out of the mold. Once light trace has been achieved, add the honey.

Adding Honey
Adding Honey

I like to have had my honey sitting in a warm water bath so it is easier and faster to get it into my batch of soap. I also like to hand stir the honey into the soap. This prevents over mixing and pudding like consistencies. Pour the soap into a mold. Allow to sit for at least 12 hours. Cut and allow the soap to cure.

Mixing Honey into Soap
Mixing Honey into Soap

If you are not sure if the soap is fully cured, check out this post. It helps makes sense of the mysterious cure time and dispels some popular and dangerous myths. If you need help keeping track of your curing soap, try our fabulous cure cards. We can even include them into qualifying orders for free! Enjoy your soap!

Soap in the mold
Soap in the mold

Notes: When I added the honey to my raw soap and stirred it in, there was a color change but it didn’t seem as drastic as my plain honey soap. I can’t figure out why. What did seem fairly drastic was when my soap started to gel. It became a very dark brown, almost black in appearance. I was afraid it would get so hot that the soap would crack but it did not.

Soap going through gel phase
Soap going through gel phase

When I cut the soap 12 hours later, the soap was a deep tan color. It also smelled like burnt sugar, somewhat like a dark caramel. I was really surprised by the odor because my other soaps had such minimal odor, it wasn’t very noticeable.

I tested the soap at the sink and was pleasantly surprised by the rich, frothy lather that was produce. Wow! Talk about incredible. I even used this bar on my face and am pleased by the results. It is not drying but does not feel heavy either. After patting my face dry, my skin felt like I had put on a very small amount of light moisturizer on it. I think this bar has a permanent place in my bathroom.

Finished soap
Finished soap

If you will be adding honey and beeswax to your soap, please keep the following in mind: we recommend you do not exceed 1 tsp of honey per pound of fat. We also recommend that you do not exceed 0.5 oz of beeswax per pound of fat. These are luxury ingredients where a little goes a very long way.  It is also recommending when using temperature sensitive ingredients that you use mold where you do not pour more than 2 inches deep. Happy soapmaking!

Remember, I will be sending samples of these soaps to the shipping department. If you want to try one, let us know through the comment field of your next order.

Taylor

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Beeswax in Soap

Finished Beeswax Soap
Finished Beeswax Soap

Yesterday we made soap with honey in it. I had so much fun with it, I had to continue along the same train of thought. What happens when you add beeswax to soap? Why would you add beeswax to soap? What does it feel like? Let’s answer this question and more!

Beeswax is high in unsaponifiable material. This means it has a lot of material that can not be turned into soap. The unsaponifiable material makes for a very creamy feeling soap. It is very similar to a lanolin soap.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Beeswax also makes for a harder bar. The corners were quite firm when I tested a bar in the blog kitchen. I would highly recommend beveling the edges of any bar of soap containing beeswax. I think it would make for smoother edges that don’t feel like they can double as a razor blade.

 

Ready to Make Soap
Ready to Make Soap

I also noticed in the finished bar that the lather was not large and bubbly. It was more dense and luscious lather. This soap was different from what I am accustomed to but it was wonderful change. I can’t wait to get a bar home to use as a facial bar.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Beeswax
Water
Lye
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 g Coconut Oil
156 g Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
113 g Olive Oil
14 g Beeswax
177 mL Water
64 g Lye
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
5.5 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
0.5 oz Beeswax
6 fl oz Water
2.28 oz Lye
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
34.38% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
25% Olive Oil
3.12% Beeswax
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye

 

Adding Lye Solution to Oils
Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until they become liquid. While your oils are heating, weigh out the sodium hydroxide. Add the lye to the 6 oz of water. Never add water to your lye container. It can cause a dangerous volcano. Your safety is of the utmost importance. When your oils are at about 160º F and lye solution are at about 110º F, add the lye solution to the oil mixture. Mix until you reach a light trace.

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

The reason why there is such a large temperature difference between the two mixtures is because we do not want to beeswax to solidify nor do we want the soap to overheat. The difference in temperatures allows for the soap to be mixed without volcanoing out of the mold. Once trace has be achieved, pour the soap into a mold. Allow to sit for at least 12 hours. Cut and allow the soap to cure.

Thickened Soap
Thickened Soap

If you are not sure if the soap is fully cured, check out this post. It helps makes sense of the mysterious cure time and dispels some popular and dangerous myths. If you need help keeping track of your curing soap, try our fabulous cure cards. We can even include them into qualifying orders for free! Enjoy your soap!

Soap in Mold
Soap in Mold

Notes: When I was mixing my soap, it did not stay as fluid as I am accustomed to. When I reached trace, it went from a fluid milk like consistency to pudding in about 30 seconds. For someone who is accustomed to a very fluid soap when they pour it into the mold, it felt very strange. I think the next time I make soap with Beeswax, I may decrease the amount of beeswax from 0.5 oz /lb of fats to 0.25oz /lb of fats.

 

Unmolding the Soap
Unmolding the Soap

If you will be making your own beeswax soaps, please keep in mind that we recommend you do not exceed 0.5 oz of beeswax per lb of fat. This is a luxury ingredient where a little goes a very long way. If you use a large amount of beeswax, the bar will become very soft and will feel waxy in texture. Small amounts are better for your soap and for your budget. Happy soap making!

Taylor

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Honey in Soap

Finished Honey Soap
Finished Honey Soap

Honey is a fantastic substance. It is great sweetener and a natural humectant. It is fabulous drizzled over baked goods or one’s morning oatmeal. It is also terrific in cosmetics and masks. So how do we incorporate a little more honey into our lives? How about in our soap? Curious?

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

So why add honey to soap?  Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that is draws moisture out of the air and retains it. It is also said to add lather to the soap. Let’s go test this out!

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Water
Lye
Honey
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
177 mL Water
65 grams Lye
7 grams Honey
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
6 fl oz Water
2.31 oz Lye
0.25 oz Honey
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
25% Olive Oil
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Honey

 

Melted Oils and Lye Solution Ready to Go
Melted Oils and Lye Solution Ready to Go

Note: If you want to measure your honey using a volume measure, we will be using 1 tsp of honey for this recipe today.

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until they become liquid. While your oils are heat weigh out the sodium hydroxide. Add the lye to the 6 oz of water. Never add water to your lye container. It can cause a dangerous volcano. Your safety is of the utmost importance. When your oils and lye solution are at about 110º F, add the lye solution to the oil mixture. Mix until you reach a light trace.

Measuring Honey
Measuring Honey

At this point, you can add your honey. I like to have my honey sitting in a warm water bath so it is easier and faster to get it into my batch of soap.  I also like to hand stir the honey into the soap. This prevents over mixing and pudding like consistencies. Pour the soap into a mold. Allow to sit for at least 12 hours. Cut and allow the soap to cure.

Ready to Mix Soap
Ready to Mix Soap

If you are not sure if the soap is fully cured, check out this post. It helps makes sense of the mysterious cure time and dispels some popular and dangerous myths. If you need help keeping track of your curing soap, try our fabulous cure cards. We can even include them into qualifying orders for free! Enjoy your soap!

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

Notes: When I added the honey to my raw soap and stirred it in, there was a rather intense color change. The soap went from more of an soft yellow color to a burnt orange. It was a somewhat startling color change. The next day when I went to cut the soap, the soap was a beige color.

 

Adding Honey to Raw Soap
Adding Honey to Raw Soap

If you will be making your own honey soaps, please keep in mind that we recommend you do not exceed 1 tsp of honey per lb of fat. This is a luxury ingredient where a little goes a very long way. Happy soap making!

Taylor

 

 

Mixing Honey into Soap What a color change!
Mixing Honey into Soap What a color change!

 

 

 

 

 

Soap in the mold
Soap in the mold
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