How to Make Honey & Beeswax Soap

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Recipe and instructions on how to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on how much beeswax to use in a soap recipe and how to use honey to tint soap caramel-brown.

How to make honey and beeswax soap using all natural ingredients. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe

When I first taught myself to make soap, I was determined to make some with my own honey and beeswax. With two hives of honeybees, I had buckets of the stuff to use, and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to create products for my business. I won’t lie, though — it was a difficult process. Batch after batch was either cracked or crumbly, and I couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong. After a lot of trial and error, I finally mastered using honey to make soap and am pleased to show you how, too.

This honey and beeswax soap recipe will make you six creamy yet cleansing bars. You’ll learn how much honey and beeswax to add to soap and the benefits of these wonderful natural ingredients. Although this is an intermediate-level soap recipe, you can make it as a beginner if you stick to the instructions.

How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
This recipe makes a hard, creamy bar with plenty of cleansing lather

Benefits of Honey and Beeswax Soap

Aside from wanting to use my own produce, both honey and beeswax have some incredible soap properties. Honey has a sweet scent and can add a soft brown color to your bars. It also increases lather which comes in useful if you’re making soap with beeswax.

You use beeswax in soap recipes mainly to create harder bars. At small amounts, it can add firmness and silky texture to your bars while not affecting lather. It also has quite a high melting temperature which means you have to make soap at a slightly higher temperature too.

How to make honey and beeswax soap using all natural ingredients. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
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Using Beeswax in Soap Recipes

Beeswax is a tricky one since up to 50% of the amount used in a soap recipe will not actually change into soap. If you use too much beeswax, this “un-unsaponifiable” portion of beeswax can stop your bars from lathering and give them a waxy feel. That’s why I don’t use any more than 1-2% beeswax in soap recipes.

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That small percentage is more than enough to harden up the bars and give them a good texture. Even at just 1-2% beeswax in soap, it will also speed up the tracing time — I’m talking less than a minute. Using more would dramatically speed things up and I imagine it would be liquid to thick gloop in a matter of seconds.

You might bemoan not being able to use more but there are plenty of other ideas you can use your leftovers in. Beeswax furniture polish and healing skin salve to name two.

How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
Beeswax is used at 1-2% in soap recipes to harden your bars


Using Honey in Soap Recipes

Honey is just as tricky to use in soap as beeswax can be and you need to be careful about amount and temperature. Honey is a sugar, and just like all sugars will heat up your soap after it’s poured into the mold. This can cause all kinds of things, from changing the color to causing cracks and making the soap go crumbly. The color change can make your bars turn brown because the sugars are heated and caramelize. Sometimes they can scorch through, and the color is very dark and the scent isn’t great. When this happens the bars usually crack too.

Another issue is that if you use too much, or if the honey isn’t fully liquid, you can also get honey oozing from your bars.

The key to using honey in soap is to be moderate in the amount used and conscious of heat. I use no more than 15g (1.5 tsp) of honey per 454g (1 lb) batch of soap. When trying to make a light-colored soap I’ll keep the soaping temperature as low as possible, add the honey at trace, and potentially refrigerate the soap after it’s poured. The first two are problematic when you’re also working with beeswax since it needs a warmer soaping temperature and traces so quickly. You barely have enough time to stir anything in at the end. I share my work-around in the recipe below.

How to make cold-process honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
Honey increases soap lather but can also cause your soap to heat up and scorch

Sustainable Palm oil

You’ll notice that I’ve included Sustainable palm oil in this recipe. It’s one of the best oils for the job but is very controversial. It stems mainly from the way it’s grown and how it has utterly destroyed rainforests in south-east Asia. We’re talking about an area the size of New Zealand folks. It’s a devastating blow to our environment which is why we should all avoid dirty palm oil. This is ALL palm oil that hasn’t been certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm oil (RSPO). It’s used in a lot of things including prepared cookies, bread, and Crisco, not to mention soap.

So why am I using palm at all? It’s complicated and I encourage you to read my piece on How avoiding Palm Oil in soap making could INCREASE deforestation. I am now a staunch supporter of the RSPO’s efforts and in helping whichever way I can. Please ensure that the palm oil you use for this recipe is sustainable. If you can’t find it, then please make one of my palm-oil-free recipes. You can also adjust this recipe to not use palm oil with these directions.

How to make cold-process honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
RSPO certified palm oil is available from soap ingredient suppliers like this one in the UK

Making this Honey and Beeswax Soap Recipe

This is an advanced soap recipe. Both honey and beeswax are amazing ingredients to use in soap making but both can cause so many issues. If you stick diligently to the recipe you should be fine though.

Another issue with making soap with honey is its potential to turn a bit crumbly. This can happen at the corners and edges and is a nightmare. It’s especially a pain if you’ve poured the soap into a loaf mold, only to find that each bar you cut is crumbly. To avoid any issues with heat, cracking, or crumbling, follow this recipe to a T and pour your soap into a 6-cavity silicone soap mold. You’ll thank me for it later.

How to make honey and beeswax soap using all natural ingredients. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
Making honey and beeswax soap is simple but you need to keep an eye on temperature and measurements.

Soap Making Equipment

Much of the soap making equipment you need could already be in your kitchen. Rubber washing-up gloves, bowls, and even silicone molds. If you don’t have everything, you can purchase it online relatively inexpensively. Also, make sure to check out second-hand shops for pots and other items. A list of needed soap-making equipment will be a little further below. To protect yourself from the lye solution you should always wear eye protection (goggles) and rubber gloves.

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How to make honey and beeswax soap using all natural ingredients. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe

Honey and Beeswax Soap Recipe

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Small batch of light colored honey and beeswax soap with oatmeal. Includes information on deepening the color to a warm brown and caramel-honey scent. Technical information: 1lb / 454g batch — 5% superfat — 34.5% lye solution
4.50 from 4 votes
Author Lovely Greens
Cost 30


Lye water

Solid oils

Liquid oils

Add to Melted Oils

Add after Trace

  • 8 g Oatmeal Optional/ 1 TBSP

To decorate

  • 2.5 g Oatmeal or rolled oats Optional / ¼ tsp


  • Time to suit and boot. Make sure you're wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants or a long skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Put on eye protection (goggles) and rubber gloves.
  • Dissolve the lye (Sodium hydroxide) crystals in water. In an airy place, outdoors is best, pour the lye crystals into the water and stir well. There will be a lot of heat and steam so be careful. Try not to breathe it in. Leave outside in a safe place, or in a shallow basin of water, or sink, to cool.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • If you'd like dark brown honey soap, add the honey to the lye solution now. If not, wait until later to add the honey.
  • Melt the solid oils in a stainless steel pan on very low heat. When melted, remove from the heat and set on a potholder. Pour in the liquid oils and stir.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • Measure the temperatures of the lye solution and the oils. You should aim to cool them both to be about 130°F / 54°C.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • Pour first the honey (if not already added at the optional lye solution stage) and then the lye solution into the pan of oils. I tend to pour the lye through a sieve to catch any potential undissolved lye or other bits. 
  • Dip your immersion blender into the pan and with it turned off, stir the mixture. Next, bring it to the center of the pan, and with both your hands, hold it on the bottom of the pan and blitz it for just a couple of seconds. Turn it off and stir the soap batter, using the blender as a spoon. Repeat until the mixture thickens up to 'Trace'. This is when the batter leaves a distinguishable trail on the surface. The consistency will be like thin custard at first but it will thicken quickly thanks to the beeswax.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • Working quickly, stir in the oatmeal and pour the soap into the mold(s). Use a skewer to create a texture on the top. For these, I dipped the end of the skewer in one corner then made tiny circles all the way to the other side. Four columns of this and each bar is complete. Sprinkle the top with just the smallest amount of oatmeal or rolled oats.
  • Set the mold on a heat-proof surface and leave uncovered for two days. Alternatively, you can pop the mold in the fridge overnight. This will ensure a light color.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • Once 48 hours have passed, you can pop the soap out. Cure it for 28 days. Curing means leaving the bars spaced out on a protected surface out of direct sunlight and in an airy place. This allows the extra water content to fully evaporate out.
    How to make honey and beeswax soap. Includes tips on creating both a light colored and warm brown tinted batch of soap #soapmaking #soap #honeyrecipe
  • Once made, your soap will have a shelf-life of up to two years. Check the oil bottles that you're using though — the closest best-by date is the best-by date of your soap.


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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I did have a question, I have two long rectangular soap molds:

    Inner mold size:44(L) x 9(W) x 7(H) cm (17.3×3.5×2.75inch).

    Finished soap size: 43(L) x 7.5(W) x 6.4(H) cm (17×3×2.5inch)

    I wondered how I could adjust the recipe to work, and if you’ve found d success doubling or tripling the recipe using the toggle on the right of the ingredients list.

    Thank you so much!

    I’m also getting ready to keep bees for the first time, and I can’t wait to use my produce <3

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Hi, was looking to make this soap this week and had a quick question. Figuring out percentages and running it through a calculator looks like you run a pretty high water discount, close to 30% based on the standard ratio on soapcalc! Is that correct? (I’ve never done more than 10% in a recipe). Thanks.

    1. Hi Elisabeth, the standard amount of water that most simple soap recipes require is 2x the amount of lye by weight. This gives you a 33% lye concentration, which is absolutely perfect. When you use more water than this in cold process, then your chances of soap developing soda ash and glycerine rivers increases, as does the chance that your bars shrink in size during the curing stage. Remember that the SoapCalc is a formulator for both cold process and hot process soap recipes. Hot process needs a lot more water – typically 3x the amount of lye by weight.

  3. Hey:) I decorated the soaps with oats but very quickly it became wet and ugly :( How is it possible to keep this decoration beautiful and dry?

    1. Hi Tala, oatmeal soaks up moisture so if the soap is overly wet, or the air in the room humid, they can get wet. I tend to sprinkle oatmeal on after the soap has set in the mold for a few minutes and I don’t push it into the soap if used as a decoration.

  4. Hi, Tanya

    I’ve been enjoying your blog, and hope to try this recipe this weekend. I think it will be my sixth or seventh batch so far. I did want to note what I think is a typo in the palm oil line of the recipe; my calculator spreadsheet shows 28.3 x 1.3 = 36.79 (so, 36.8 grams rather than the 67 g on the page).


    1. Hi Jorah, and thanks for the feedback :) 67g sustainable palm oil is correct. This is a 454g soap batch at 5% superfat and if you want to see how it all works out, use as a soap recipe calculator. Best wishes, Tanya

  5. I recently made your honey and beeswax soap which is currently still curing but seems to have worked really well. I was just wondering if fragrance and colour can also be added to this base? Thanks

  6. Hi Tanya,

    I just made this recipe. I decided to add the honey at the end, and accidentally picked up my tbsp meant for the oats, and put too much honey in. It thickened sooo fast and went so dark. I managed to force it into the soap molds. lol but should I dispose of this batch?

    1. It will be fine to use Zoe, but the texture might be a bit crumbly when you cut it and it may smell a bit at first. Burnt honey sent tends to mellow with the cure but you might like the smell anyway. I do :)

  7. 4 stars
    Hi Tanya!
    I used this recipe a few times a couple of years ago and got an excellent batch of honey soap each time! After a hiatus from soap making I tried this recipe again this year and both times something went wrong. I so hope you have the time to help me!

    So the first batch that turned out not as expected: the honey wouldn’t melt nor blend into the oils when both the oils and lye water were around or just under 130°F. I thought it was the honey (from a family friend who is a beekeeper) as it had been kept in a room that fluctuated in temperature and maybe it had become crystallised? Then I couldn’t remember for sure nor find information about adding the oats into the batter, but added at trace. In the end I just continued with the recipe but didn’t have much hope for how my soap would turn out. When I returned to unmould and cut the soap into bars after a couple of days, it had a very unusual smell! After cutting the bars I saw that the soap looked pretty decent on the inside, and the smell did become more faint with time, but in the end, after several weeks, I decided to been all the bars because I was just not sure about it! I was wondering if you have an idea what the smell might have been and how to prevent it from happening again? Why did it smell so strangely when it looked like it could be totally usable? And was it right to add the oats at trace? And should the oats be crushed or can they be added as is??

    I tried making a new batch again recently, but again, the honey (store bought this time and kept in a better place) wouldn’t melt, nor blend into the oils. I continued with the recipe and poured the lye water into the oils anyway, at a cooler temp this time, and completed the rest of the steps with oats again this time. It’s been a few weeks now since I unmoulded the soap and cut it into bars. They are still curing but feel hard I think, the colour is on the darker side but I like it, and then there’s a faint scent to it… I don’t think it’s the same smell that the first batch had, but I was expecting a neutral, kind of scent free, soap smell? What is my problem here and why can’t I seem to make a decent honey soap anymore? Help me Tanya!

    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Mariana, the issues you’re having seem to be entirely down to the honey that you’re using. If honey is solid, you should melt it until it’s liquid before adding it to the recipe. Microwave, double-boiler, your choice. The scent that you’re experiencing is likely from burned honey. When sugars (milks, honey, sugar) burn in soap recipes, they can make the soap smell bad. It’s still usable, and the scent can fade with time, but it’s definitely noticeable. You’ll likely not have it happen again if you ensure that the honey you use is fluid before adding it.
      Oatmeal: Yes, as in step 8, you can add it at trace. Adding it then will ensure that the pieces are not chopped up by the immersion blender. If you want finer pieces, then you can add the oatmeal after stirring in the lye solution and beginning to pulse.
      Scent: For a caramelized honey scent, I add 1 tsp of honey to the lye solution for a 1-lb soap batch. It’s enough to darken to soap to a golden brown tone, and the scent is quite pleasant. For no scent, add the honey at trace and make sure that the soap doesn’t go through gel phase. You can do that by using cavity molds or a slab mold instead of loaf molds. You can also refrigerate soap immediately after pouring it into the mold.

  8. Hi Tanya, I used the loaf mold and made sure i mixed the solutions when they were both 150 F. It was a deep golden brown last night, when i woke the soap was white and there was a crack down the middle. Where did i go wrong? I think once i cut the soap the crack will not be a big deal.. but it looks like it may be darker in the middle. Again, it’s not time to unmold or cut yet so i’m not sure. TIA

    1. Hi Chelsey, the white must just be on the top surface? If so, I suspect it’s soda ash. It’s harmless and will wash off if you don’t like it. The crack is from the soap being too hot and it’s likely the combination of the soaping temperature, the deepness of your mold (are your bars taller than the ones in the photos?), and your current room temperature. Creating a brown color by adding honey at trace while avoiding cracks is a fine line! Cracks in honey soap happen because honey heats soap up even after it’s poured into the mold. I recommend keeping a soaping journal and write the recipes and specific issues (or successes!), materials, and equipment you used. Having notes will help to help troubleshoot and improve on making recipes in the future. Also, if you’re after an easier way to create a deep brown soap color from honey, make this recipe at 130F but add the 1 tsp of the honey to the lye solution while it’s still hot. It gives you brown soap every time.

  9. Can I add a lavender essential oil to this?

    1. Sure can :) I tend to use 3 tsp lavender essential oil per 1lb (454 g) of soaping oils in a recipe. Add at trace and stir in thoroughly before molding.

  10. Hi Tanya thank you for sharing useful information.please mention which fragrance go well with honey soap

  11. 5 stars
    Hi Tanya, thanks for sharing! Do the honey and beeswax need to have a batch number? I’ve access to the raw stuff, but when getting a CPSR assessment or compiling PIFs, are batch numbers for these ingredients required?? I am also wondering if you have done soaps containing propolis? If so, could you advise me on the amount to add and at what stage?

    Many thanks as always!

    1. Hi Mariana, yes, for commercial soap, you will need to keep track of batch numbers for beeswax, honey, propolis, etc. All ingredients that go into your products are expected to have traceability. I’ve never made soap with propolis before but you can expect it to significantly color the soap.

  12. Beth Keller says:

    Hello – love your recipes! Im going to make the darker colored soap in a loaf mold. I’d like to add some cinnamon and nutmeg at trace (maybe 1/4 tsp?) to the recipe for scent. Would this be ok? Thanks for your help

    1. Hi Beth, are you talking about powdered spices? If so, yes, that’s fine, but they can add a gritty feeling to your bars and very little scent.

  13. Lewis Goodall says:

    Hi Tanya, can a small amount of beeswax be added to your calendula soap recipe for example to help firm it up? We find with the kids it gets quite wet and then over soft. We have wax from our hives but not sure if this replaces something else or in addition? Thanks

    1. Hi Lewis, the beeswax would be in addition to the recipe and some of it would react with the lye. However, you could adjust the calendula soap recipe to have 2% beeswax and not adjust the lye amount if you wish. What that would do is give you an extra 1% superfat (since 50% of the beeswax will not react with the lye) and your bars will be harder. So for a 454g batch, you could add 9g of beeswax.

  14. Hey Tanya,
    I’d love to try adding honey to your eco soap recipe, it is my favourite!
    How much honey would you recommend adding to the eco soap recipe and will the honey provide any fragrance after curing? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sammy, you can use the same amount of honey in that recipe as you can in this. I wouldn’t use any more than 3-5% of the weight of the main base oils in honey, otherwise, you may find that the soap overheats. When that happens, you can have all kinds of weird (and unattractive) things that could happen and the final bars can sometimes become crumbly when you try to cut them into bars.

  15. Dave Cantrell says:

    4 stars
    Hi there – looking forward to trying this recipe, and just ordered quite a few of the suggested items using your affiliate links.

    Can you please help me understand the purpose of the milk frother in this recipe? I probably am reading right over it without it registering, but I’m not seeing what purpose it serves. Thanks!

    1. Hi Dave, ignore the milk frother item and I’ve since removed it. It’s not necessary for this soap recipe.

  16. Jennifer Kelly says:

    Your recipe ingredients says to add the honey at trace, your instructions say to add the honey to the warmed oils before adding the lye, im confused, which is correct please

    1. Hi Jennifer, you can do either if you wish. However, I’ve updated the ingredients list to make this recipe more clear. Thank you :)

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you for your hard work and patience. I really would love to make this soap but cannot use palm oil. Can I replace it with shea butter for example using the same amount of it? Thank you.

  18. Viji Ponangi says:

    Hi – what is an alternative to tallow / lard that i can use in my soap recipes

    1. There are plenty of soap recipes on Lovely Greens that don’t use either. You can browse them here

  19. Hi Tanya,
    Does palm oil need to be melted in its container completely, stirred to the bottom and only then measured?

    1. Unless you are buying extra-large buckets of palm oil, there is no need to melt it. Palm oil contains oleic acid, and when it cools in large containers (think five-gallon buckets), this fatty acid sinks to the bottom. That means that as you scoop palm oil out of the bucket for soapmaking, and work your way down, the soap you make will at first be soft, then the recipes with higher concentrations of oleic acid will be much harder. As a beginner, you’re probably going to order small quantities of palm that will arrive in much smaller containers, though. Because of the container size, you won’t have the same issue with oleic acid separation as soapers buying bulk oils.

  20. Claudia Amador says:

    Hi, first of all thank you very much for all your work in this blog, its really super.
    I would like to know if i can use coconut milk instead of water the the lye solution and can I substitute de beeswax, and if yes what would you recommend me to?

  21. thank you for a wonderful tutorial!!! I was wondering if I could make this without the beewax. Would I need to add or change anything to make up for the absence?! Thanks so much!!!!

    1. Hi Carrie, someone else left a comment recently who didn’t add the beeswax as a mistake. Please have a read of my reply :)

  22. Hello Tanya,

    I tried the honey beeswax soap recipe, but during the process I forgot about the wax.
    Could you please tell me if the soap will be good to use or if i should throw it away?
    Thank you

    1. It’s perfectly fine to use, though it would only have a superfat of 4%. There’s just a small amount of beeswax in this recipe so keep in mind that if you forget a larger quantity, there’s a much more likely chance that the soap will not be safe. Always check recipes, both before you use one and if you’ve made a mistake, by using the online SoapCalc.

  23. I made this for the first time, it has been in fridge for 2 days, i was going to remove it from the moulds but it is very soft, will it harden during cure or should I have mixed it more, where did I go wrong. ??

    1. Hi Mary, and no it shouldn’t be overly soft after two days. I’d recommend that you go over the bottles of all of your ingredients, double-check that they’re correct, and try making the recipe again. Sometimes it’s just a small omission or misread step that can be the culprit :)

      1. Hi

        I am keen to make this soap for Christmas this year but I wanted to know…

        Can I use raw coconut oil or does it have to be refined ? I don’t mine it having a coconut smell of that’s the problem.

        And where did you find your sustainable palm oil?

        1. Though you can use virgin coconut oil, unfortunately, the lovely scent does not survive the soap making process. Soap makers use refined coconut oil (the stuff used for healthier frying/roasting) because it’s much less expensive. I recommend you save your virgin coconut oil for tasty desserts and use refined for soap making. As for sustainable palm, you can get it and other soap making oils with a reputable soap making ingredients supplier. I have several listed at the end of this piece.

  24. Can this recipe be modified to make shave soap?

  25. Hi Tanya,
    I made this recipe today for the first time. I was surprised at how long it took for it to reach trace, and am wandering if (apart from not enough beeswax*) temperature is a factor in reaching trace?

    *You mentioned that too much beeswax isn’t good for the soap, and I wasn’t sure if my digital kitchen scales would be accurate to within 1-2gr, so I used slightly less (5gr) than your recommended quantity. Also after I had melted it, I took it off the heat to check on my lye solution, and then had some trouble mixing it with the oils as it had started to re-solidify (!).

    Also as a novice soap maker, can I just say how much I appreciate that so many of your recipes are small batch, as I really don’t want to be risking large batches and potentially wasting all those oils!

    1. Beeswax tends to make soap trace quickly so you’re fine with that amount. Temperature is a factor in trace as well and the warmer it is, the quicker it traces. Slow trace is not a bad thing especially for this recipe. Lower temperatures mean the honey won’t discolor and you have time to work. If your soap traced, it comes out looking great, and feels good on your skin then well done :)

  26. Hi Tanya,
    I am keen to try this recipe… I am also wondering if you have any experience of adding honey and beeswax to a castile soap recipe? I really like the simplicity and of castile soap (olive oil only!) and the end result, and am interested to try adding honey to it…

    1. I’ve not made a soap recipe like that before but think it would turn out great :)

  27. Hi! Is it possible to leave Castor oil out from the recipe? Because it’s a little bit expensive for me :)
    And of course thanks to this recipe :)

    1. Sorry no, it’s required for this recipe. Castor oil shouldn’t be that expensive though. All you need is a small bottle :)

  28. Hi Tanya thank you for the amazing recipe i am from Chile so some things arent here can i repleased de solid oils justo using only coconut oil ? For the honey lavander soap and if i can what will be the ammount in g
    ? Thank you ?

  29. Hi Tanya for this recipe when you say temperature at 130. Do you mean that’s the temperature they should be together or each separately. Also if I wanted to make 2 lb batch would I just double the recipe.

    1. That’s the temperature they should be at once mixed together. However, there should not be a wild difference in temperature before they are mixed. They should be within 10 degrees F of one another.

      As for doubling — go for it but I’d recommend using cavity molds.

  30. Vicki Farley says:

    Hi Tanya,
    I’m excited to make this soap. Will the oats work as an exfoliant? If so, would I be able to leave the oats out?

  31. Hi, firstly thanks for this awesome recipe. Not sure if I’ll get a revert since this post is quite old but still gonna try my luck. I was wondering if I can use soywax instead of the beeswax? If yes then what qty / % is advisable in soaping? I have been trying to search for soywax soap recipe but no success ?

    1. Hi Ruchi — you can use soy wax but the quantity and amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) you’ll need will be a little different. Pop my recipe into the online SoapCalc. Take the beeswax out and fiddle around with the calculations.

  32. Hi Tanya, Could I substitute babassu oil for the palm (using a lye calc!). Thanks for the recipe. Helen

    1. Babassu is similar to coconut oil so I probably wouldn’t try to sub palm oil for it — the soap could be too drying.

  33. Hello
    I am just wondering if i wanted to do this recipe or any recipe as a hot process soap is it just a matter of cooking it for about 45-60mins? Im new to this and just used this recipe to make a cold process one with a few substitutes castor oil for Almond oil, palm oil for Shea butter and more oats. hoping it will work

    1. Hi Elise, as a beginner you should not make any substitutions with soap recipes. They’re a careful balance of different oils and the correct amount of sodium hydroxide for each. Each oil also has different properties in soap making and each can affect how hard or soft it turns out or how cleansing or not cleansing it is.

  34. Would it be possible to replace any of the oils with Sweet Almond oil, as I was given 500mls

  35. My soap turned very dark brown when I mixed they lye in with the oils. I’m also concerned the soap isn’t going to be “soapy” at all (suds). I rubbed the mixture between my fingers and it was just oily. As you can tell, this is my very first time making soap. I have bees so I figured I should try projects like this since I have an endless supply of beeswax and only keep pure organic oils around the house for cooking and DIY face, body products. Please help!<3

    1. lovelygreens says:

      Your soap takes a full month to turn into soap Jacob — don’t rub the soap at all until it’s cured as bars for this amount of time.

  36. Thank you so much for the recipe! it really help a lot!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I have only helped another beekeeper make soap twice so am pretty new to this. I have now branched off and do my own bees with honey and beeswax as a result. I have wanted to try making a traditional honey soap for some time and this definetly fits the desired ingredients! I'm wondering about curing. I seem to recall the guy I helped letting his soap cure for 6 weeks. Do you need to do this with this soap to harden it? And also, I remember him telling me it can be really hard to get the honey to incorporate well since it will want to seperate from the soap in pockets. Have you found that to be true or how do I avoid that happening? Lastly, I don't have a stick immersion blender. Can I use standard electric hand mixers? I saw that it's important to keep air from getting in….I was hoping that could be reduced but submerging the beaters in the liquid before turning them on and not raising and lowering them above the mixture. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    1. Honey incorporates into soap just fine providing you don't use too much and that it's well mixed in. Saying that, if you do have too much, it's no bad thing for the honey to be on the soap. In fact, your skin will benefit from it :)

  38. Hi Tanya,

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
    I was wondering if there is anything else I could use instead of the grapefruit seed extract as a preservative? I know you've mentioned the use of Vitamin E as a substitute but would that be enough to preserve the soap in the same way?


    1. Grapefruit Seed Extract isn't a preservative…rather, it's an antioxidant. It helps free floating oils in the soap to not go rancid. Another choice other than GSE or VITe is Rosemary Oleoresin Extract (ROE).

  39. This looks like such lovely soap. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful tutorials, they are so very helpful and informative. I have 1 question: Is the honey in this recipe what you are superfatting with? I just read your tutorial (I wish I had read it before I made my first batch, it's so much better than anything I had read before) Make, Mould, and cure and it mentioned putting the superfat oil in at trace. This tutorial didn't mention any oils at trace. I just want to make sure I understand.
    Thank you

    1. Good eye! This soap is superfatted but instead of adding the extra oils at the end, all the oils are added at the same time. That way it works out that some of all the different types of oils are leftover to 'superfat' the bars. It's more imprecise than adding it at the end but when you're using beeswax in recipes you'll find that you'll hit trace a lot quicker and it can sometimes be difficult to mix in superfatting oils and extras. Especially for a beginner.

  40. same question here. . .if you are wanting to increase this recipe to a 5# batch through how do you do so? i wish you would do a tutorial. your are so good!!!!

    1. Just enter in all the ingredients and their measurements from this recipe into the SoapCalc. Hit the button 'Calculate Recipe'. Next, click the radio button next to the ingredients' quantities so that it's on % rather than measurement. Go then to section two where the batch weight is listed and change it to 5lbs. Hit 'Calculate Recipe' again and you'll have the amounts you need.

  41. Can you make this soap using the Hot Process Soap Method??

  42. Hi, what size soap mould does this fit? I would like to try this but have a 2kg mould. How much will I need to increase the recipe by? Thanks, Lauren :)

    1. Thanks Tanya. I was also wondering what the recommended curing time is? Is curing time different for different types of soap or a standard set of weeks?

  43. What would your recommended substitution be for the palm oil?? I really want to try this recipe. Haven't started making soaps yet, but am in the process of collecting some recipes that I really like first :)

  44. Anonymous says:

    Hi do you have to use lye.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Just curious as to what can be substituted for the palm oil as it is not a product I will use as it's production is the main cause of the murder of orangutans?

  46. So, I am really interested in making this soap. My concern is, I'm not quite sure how to change the measuring system from grams to using measuring cups and spoons? Do you have any suggestions on how to do this?

    1. With soap making Jodi you should always weight your ingredients. Using cups/tsp is fine for cooking but too inaccurate for science :) Soap making is a science and involves the chemical reaction between fats and alkaline.

      What I'd suggest is investing in a digital kitchen scale. You'll find that all proper soap recipes will be in grams in Europe and in oz's/lbs in the US so it will make your life easier and ensure that you're making good quality soap (opposed to the infamous 'Lye Soap' of our grandmothers' time).

    2. Anonymous says:

      I see. Thank you for explaining it to me. I didn't realize the importance of weighing out the ingredients.
      I did make the soap and it was a success. The only concern I had was that after the 24 hours of letting it sit it was still a little soft…not as firm as I thought it would be. But when I used it I loved how it makes my skin feel afterwards. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
      I do have one more question, is there anyway dilute it…to make it into a liquid soap?

  47. Can I substitute anything for the grapefruit seed extract? I am allergic and would really like to try this recipe otherwise.

    1. Try using the same amount of Vitamin E, Stephanie. You'll need a natural preservative though since the extra oil in the soap will eventually turn rancid without it. Good luck :)

  48. Thanks Mo and glad to help :) And just want to reassure that as long as the stick blender is completely submerged and very little air is trapped under it there won't be much splashing. That said, I do have a tiny spot on my goggles from where a drop of lye must have splashed up on it and eaten the top layer off – so be careful and always wear protective gear!

  49. Great post, Tanya! You explain it so well and it has certainly been helpful to me. I like that you explain how hot the lye solution gets, and it's good to see how you use a stick blender – I was scared of splashing everywhere :)
    Your soap looks wonderful.