- NOTE: This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
- Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water.
- Wear a face mask or leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water.
- Prepare the lye solution by weighing the water and lye in two separate containers. Pour the lye into the water, carefully mix in a well-ventilated area and set aside to cool while you prepare your oils.
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax either by microwave or stovetop. Melt just until melted and no more.
- Add the liquid oils and honey to the melted oils to bring the temperature down. Add the fragrance oil and stir.
- Once the lye and oils have cooled down to under 110° F, pour the lye solution into oils and blend until trace. You have to soap a bit hotter when using beeswax as you don’t want it to re-solidify before mixing. Both beeswax and honey accelerate trace a bit. So be prepared for it to move quickly.
- Pour the soap into your mold.
- Allow your soap to harden overnight and unmold the next day. If the soap is too soft, allow soap to harden for 48 hours.
- Cut and cure for a minimum of four weeks.