This soap is quite quick to trace, so don't over blend and I like this uncoloured letting the natural colour shine through. It's best to pour single bars, slabs or trays which are just under 2cm thick, as a hot gel is produced from the Honey (sugar) and this avoids overheating (super-gel). By using the individual cavity moulds, or the shallow Milky Way Trays (love the bee designs for this) it helps control a hot gel.
The soap above is made in the Milky Way Mould Guest Bee Tray. Moulds suitable for this project include Milky Way Mould Single Bee Tray, Milky Way Mould Guest Bee Tray and Silicone Rectangle Tray Mould. All our other Flexible Silicone Moulds are suitable too, and make unmoulding soooo easy!
400g Olive Oil
300g Palm Oil , Sustainable
200g Coconut Oil
100g Cocoa Butter
375g Distilled Water
138g Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
2 tbsp Honey Powder or Liquid Honey
15g/ml Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
If you find Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil a little too strong and robust, we recommend using 25 - 35ml Fragrance - Oatmeal Milk & Honey Fragrance, Honey Ale, Saffron & Honey, Honey Beeswax, Wildflower Honey and Pure Honey Fragrance, which all complement the honey beautifully. All these fragrances have a vanilla content so will discolour the honey soap a deeper, richer honey colour. Honey Fragrances are suitable for vegans but you need to drop the real honey if making this into a Vegan Soap. Also new is Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance, which is very close to the Essential Oil and you don't have any sensitivity concerns. Most honey fragrances are "foodie", meaning they have a vanilla base, and therefore colour the soap a tan to brown colour.
Due to the honey in the recipe we recommend you use a flat or shallow tray mould and avoid excessive insulation in summer and only use light insulation in winter, removing the towel once you see gel stage has been achieved. This is to avoid the soap super-heating.
If you wish to substitute fresh liquid honey instead of the Honey Powder you can do so. Use only 1 tablespoon and add at trace.
If you have never made Cold Processed Soap from Scratch, please see our basic Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions Page
- Remove 2 tablespoons of the water allocation and dissolve honey powder into this and set aside (if using liquid honey just add this at trace)
- Prepare your workspace and set out everything ready to go
- Bring soap to thin trace, and then add the honey solution and carefully stir through
- Stir in the essential oil or fragrance and ensure it is well mixed - this will begin to set up the batch so work quickly
- Pour immediately into the mould, and sprtiz the top with Isopropyl Alcohol to prevent ash. Alternatively, if you don't have a textured top, just cover with a sheet of plastic or acetate once firm enough to lie this over the top without it sticking
- Insulate and watch for gel, and remove insulation as soon as gel has been achieved
- Unmould and slice as usual
On a side note........
Many moons ago, when I was a beginner (don't ask how many years ago that was!) I turned this soap into a "scrubby garden soap" that didn't contain any exfoliants. I didn't want a scrubby soap, but i needed to clean veggie garden hands and keep my handmade bars from going soft and icky between use.
This was my solution, which was then picked up by a commercial soap company, but I thought I would share this idea with newer soapers now. This is a garlic bag, but you can also use onion bags or other small mesh bags that fruit and veggies are bagged in. This will hang from your garden tap with a hook or you can tie it on.
Note: If using "Add to Trolley" you will also need to purchase Olive, Oil, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) and Distilled water from the supermarket.