2.28.2013

honey and beeswax

First, I should have mentioned last time that I am now having to moderate comments.  Sorry about doing that, but an anonymous fan (spammer) was continuously posting strange things and links. 

Ok, now on to something that's been on my to-do list, but I wasn't so sure about doing it...using beeswax in soap.  I read a few online tutorials, searched soap forums, and took as many notes as I could. When I was going over the steps in my head, the two main things that kept coming to mind were keeping the temps warmer and working fast.  I've made two batches using beeswax now, and I didn't have any problems...my only complaint is the bubble wrap look (you'll see why a bit later). 

 honey and beeswax
This is the unscented batch, yet it smells really good! 


Here are some pics of the process.  I used beeswax at 2%.


I diluted the honey (1 Tablespoon) with some of the water used for the lye solution.  I warmed it up in the microwave because I wanted it to be really warm when I added it to the oils. 


I use a double boiler...and melt the beeswax and cocoa butter first. 


I have the coconut oil and unrefined shea butter weighed out and ready to go. 


Once the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, I add the coconut oil and shea butter. 


There are no pics of what's next because I had to work fast.  I tried to keep soaping temps at 115 degrees (Fahrenheit).  Once all the hard oils were melted, I added them to the soft oils...and then added in the warmed up honey.  I stickblended and stickblended to make sure all was mixed well...then I added the lye water.  Another quick burst with the stickblender and then stir..it moves fast. Then pour into mold...I lined the bottom of the mold with bubble wrap.


Once poured, I put bubble wrap over the top also.




Here is the honey and beeswax batch, cut into bars:



Now here's the bubble wrap thing.  The picture below is my first batch.  I scented it with Oatmeal and Honey (smells like a honey and oats granola bar)...it discolors to a dark brown.  When I made this batch, I used an old piece of bubble wrap....it was practically deflated, so it didn't make a good "honeycomb" impression.  Also, this batch moved faster and was much thicker when I poured it into the mold, so the design ended up looking smooshed.  Smells great though!



I used new bubble wrap for the unscented batch and the design turned out a little better, but I'm still on the fence about it.  If I make this again, I might skip the bubble wrap.  I also planed the bars of both batches because they were really bumpy...and because I didn't want to have any waste, I combined the shavings of both and heated them up in a bit of water in the double boiler.  Once the soap was softened, I packed it into a yogurt cup to make another bar of soap.



20 comments:

  1. Another beautiful soap of yours, Kalla!Honey and beeswax make a lovely combination, love the creamy look of the soap!Enjoy them!

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    1. Thank you Natalia! They smell lovely, and I can't wait to use them! :)

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  2. I love your blog design! I also really like how the unscented one looks - I also use honey and beeswax in an unscented bar, and I really like it. It just smells like soap, which can be very comforting :)

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! I will be changing my blog design again, lol..I did this one for February because of the hearts/love theme. I agree with you on the comforting scent.."unscented" honey and beeswax soap smells so good! :)

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  3. I love how your honey bars turned out, Kalla! I personally like the bubble wrap look and I usually line the bottom of my slab mold when I make honey bars, too. And great idea on packing the shavings into a yogurt cup to make another bar! I haven't tried beeswax in soap yet. I may have to give it a go someday.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! It's definitely better to use new bubble wrap, lol...I didn't realize I had such a bad piece the first time! I'm glad I was able to get an extra bar of soap made using the shavings...and I will definitely use beeswax again, but will wait until I get to use these ones. I'm hoping 2% beeswax is a good amount to use and doesn't make the bars draggy (I've read that can happen).

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  4. I love the honeycomb effect, you did such a good job...it looks so clean and natural!

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    1. Thank you Cee Gee! I was nervous to work with beeswax..I was worried about it hardening up (and the honey) and having chunks in the soap. I was pretty happy that it didn't happen!

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  5. I like both the brown and natural colored soaps.You make the most simple soaps look marwellous.
    I´ve only once made honey and beeswax soap and I put some (½ of the normal amount) Scottish Honey FO and it was still to strong. So I gave all the soap away to friend that love stronger scents. Maybe I should try to make a unscented one.

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    1. Aw, thanks Kirppu! An unscented one smells really nice, and it's more of a softer scent...but Scottish Honey sounds wonderful too!

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  6. Se ve muy dulce y cremoso
    ♥♥♥

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  7. Beautiful soap Kalla! Love the look of the bubble wrap...have never tried honey and beeswax soap so this post will be printed and put in my file of things to try! Thank you for the wonderful
    pictures too!

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  8. Thanks Gloria! If and when you make it, you'll have to let me know how it goes...and I'd love to see pics! :)

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  9. It turned out great and I loved how you used the bubble wrap on both sides. :)

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  10. I think it looks great! I like the bubble wrap looks!

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    1. Thanks! The bubble wrap look turned out much better with the unscented batch, lol.

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  11. Hi Kalla
    I love your soaps, and your blog. Beeswax and honey sop is one of my favorites, it has great amazing lather, an makes for a hard bar. I love the look from the bubble wrap, my very first one was also disastrous as I used a recycled bubble wrap!

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    1. Hi Zikhona, and thank you!! I can't wait to try the honey and beeswax soap...it will be ready to use in a little over week! I'm curious to see how well it lathers, as well as test the hardness. lol...so I'm not the only one who has used old/recycled bubble wrap and had disastrous results! :D

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