Homemade Soap Recipe

Sweet Citrus Honey

This Sweet Citrus Honey soap recipe uses bubble-wrap to create the fun 'honeycomb' look and is really easy to achieve.

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By combining beeswax, honey and sweet citrus scents you end up with a soap that is warm and inviting. Makes me feel like having tea and honey cakes.

This recipe contains lard so if you would like to make it vegan, omit the lard and increase the amounts of cocoa butter and shea butter.

Don't forget to run the revised recipe through a lye calculator to get the corrected amount of lye needed.

Sweet Citrus Honey Soap

Homemade Soap Recipe Ingredients

Lard  -  180 gr.  |  6.35 oz.  |  20%

Coconut Oil  -  270 gr.  |  9.52 oz.  |  30%

Castor Oil  -  90 gr.  |  3.17 oz.  |  10%

Olive Oil  -  90 gr.  |  3.17 oz.  |  10%

Shea Butter  -  90 gr.  |  3.17 oz.  |  10%

Grapeseed Oil  -  135 gr.  |  4.5 oz.  |  15%

Cocoa Butter  -  45 gr.  |  1.59 oz.  |  5%

Distilled Water  -  297 gr.  |  10.48 oz.  

Lye  -  127.08 gr.  |  4.5 oz.  

Water as % of Oils = 33

Super Fat/Discount = 5%

Optional Additives

Orris Root Powder  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Beeswax  -  18 grams

Liquid Honey  -  2 tsp. (10 ml)

Sweet Orange E/O  -  3 tsp. (15 ml)

Marmalade F/O  -  2 tsp. (10 ml)

Palmarosa E/O  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Copaiba Balsam E/O  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Oakmoss E/O  -  1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml)

Homemade Soap Recipe Instructions

For basic instructions on how to make homemade soap, read the 'How to make soap' page and incorporate the directions below to make Sweet Citrus Honey soap. 

  • Prepare the soap mould by placing a cut out of bubble-wrap on the bottom of the mould with the bubbles facing up. You can also cut another piece to place on top of the poured soap if you like. 
  • Melt the beeswax with the hard oils or if you would like to use the room temperature method, melt the beeswax into the liquid oils and blend well. Stir the mix frequently as the oils cool just like you would when making lip balm. You may want to do this the day before so the oils have time to come back to room temperature.
  • Add the honey, orris root and ground calendula petals to the beeswax oil mixture regardless of the method you used.
  • Make the soap base and add the essential oils when the soap is at a light trace.
  • Pour the soap into the prepared mould when a medium trace is reached. Top with the remaining piece of bubble-wrap if you are using it and press it gently into the soap.
  • Insulate the soap as you usually would. Be sure to check on it a few times. Once it gels, take off the covering so it doesn't overheat. 
  • Cut the soap once it is hard enough to handle.

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