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 the Cinnamon oil/s, so these shallow moulds avoid overheating (super-gel). By using the individual cavity moulds, (such as the bee designs, or the shallow Flexible Tray Moulds) you have more control over a hot gel. It can be a bit tricky as you can halt gel by using the fridge or freezer, and soaping at cooler temperatures than normal, but a tideline can occur. This is purely aesethetic, but it's something I don't like, so the question for you is....to gel or not to gel??!
The soap above was made in the 6 Cavity Bee Honeycomb Silicone Mould, you can use the Silicone Tray Moulds too if you prefer the plain design to avoid a hot gel (this is the one included in the trolley items). You will need quite a few individual cavity moulds for a whole batch, so I like to pour a tray or loaf, and then a tray of decorative single cavity designs too. Other moulds suitable for this project include all tray moulds and Silicone Rectangle Tray Mould. All our other Flexible Silicone Moulds are suitable too, and make unmoulding soooo easy, I often use the freezer so I can unmould sooner!
- 400g Olive Oil
- 300g Palm Oil , Sustainable
- 200g Coconut Oil
- 100g Cocoa Butter
- 375g Distilled Water
- 138g Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
- 1 tbsp Liquid Honey
- 15g/ml Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
If you find Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil a little too strong and robust, we recommend using 35 - 50g/ml Fragrance - Oatmeal Milk & Honey Fragrance, 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 worth considering 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.
Your usual Cold Process equipment including your safety gear
Stick Blender (of course!)
If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap. For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions. You can also watch Soap Queen's YouTube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking.
- Prepare your workspace and set out everything ready to go
- Bring soap to thin trace, and then add the honey 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 spritz 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
Note: If you are NOT gelling, put the soap straight into the prepared freezer shelf to halt gel. Allow a week extra in the mould before attempting to unmould.
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.
If using the trolley items, there is no Essential Oil or Fragrance, please select your preference from those above and add to the trolley separately. You will need to purchase Olive Oil, Distilled Water and Honey from your local supermarket.