23 July 2018

Honey Comb Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This easy technique makes melt and pour soap that looks like a honeycomb.

Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorite Disney movies, so I'm really excited to see the new Christopher Robin movie when it comes out in a few weeks.  Since I keep seeing Winnie the Pooh everywhere, I decided to make a honey soap inspired by the new film.


Honey is a great natural additive for soap, but I also made the soap look like a honeycomb both in color and texture.  The technique that I used is so simple to do, too.  You can make this honey melt and pour soap recipe in about 15 minutes. 


HONEY COMB MELT AND POUR SOAP RECIPE

I used a regular clear melt and pour soap base for my honey comb soap, but you can use white.  You can use a shea butter soap, goat's milk soap, or any other kind that you'd like.

I used locally made raw honey.  Honey naturally moisturizes your skin without making it oily, so this bar is great for your hands or body.

READ Honey Benefits for Skin and Hair

I added some grapeseed oil for a little more moisturizer, but you can add your favorite carrier oil or even a nut butter like shea butter.  If you do add a nut butter, you can add it after the soap has melted.  It should be hot enough to  melt it without microwaving it.

Get more ideas on additives for melt and pour soap in this post.

I didn't add any essential oils or fragrance oils.  Normally, I like a little bit of a scent, but nothing seemed to really go well with the honey.  They do make an oatmeal, milk, and honey fragrance oil that would work well though.

This honeycomb technique for melt and pour soap is simple, but it gives you a really cool looking bar of soap.  I like it because I can use my existing mold and not have to buy another mold.  My storage space is at a premium, so I stick with the basics for molds.

Speaking of molds, I really like this silicone mold from Amazon.  It's a great price, and it's flexible so it doesn't crack.  I had a plastic one that I used for years and years, but it finally cracked.  This one should last me quite a while.




INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS



STEP #1




Measure the bottom of the soap mold and cut the bubble wrap to fit.  You want it to fit fairly well, but it's best to have it slightly bigger than the bottom of the soap mold than too little.

Place the bubble wrap, bubble side up, on the bottom of your soap mold.

I've seen this technique done with the bubble wrap on the top of the bar.  I didn't get great results with this method.  You can try it, but this is how I prefer making honeycomb soap.

STEP #2



Cut the melt and pour soap into small chunks.  Use a digital scale to measure the soap.

Heat in the microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval, until completely melted.

STEP #3



When the soap is melted, add the raw honey and grapeseed oil.  Stir well to melt the honey and get it mixed well.

I used raw honey that had crystallized.  Honey is absolutely fine if it crystallizes, but it doesn't look as pretty.  The way to make it pretty again is to put the honey jar in hot water.  By adding the honey to the hot soap, it will take away the crystals.  If some of the crystals don't dissolve, just use a spoon to remove them.  

STEP #4



Add the soap colorant.  This is personal preference.  I used 8 drops of yellow to 2 drops of red and got a deep golden color.  If you want it lighter, try using 5-6 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red.

STEP #5



Slowly pour the soap into the mold over the bubble wrap. Be careful to start pouring in the middle and let it lay on top of the bubble wrap.  If some goes under the bubble wrap, you can usually fix it later.

STEP #6



After you pour, spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles.  This is optional, but it helps your soap look nice and smooth.

Let the soap sit until hardened, this could take a few hours.

STEP #7



Unmold the soap.  With a silicone mold, the soap comes out easily.

Carefully peel back the bubble wrap.  Some of the edges of my soap had clumps where the soap got under the bubble wrap.  I used a paring knife to scrape away the extra soap.

You'll be left with beautiful honey melt and pour soap with a honeycomb pattern.


Melt and pour soap can be used right away, but it seems to last a little longer if you let it sit 24-48 hours before you use it.  It helps it fully harden so it doesn't dissolve in water as quickly.

Melt and pour soap bars will last quite a while, but they need to fully dry after using them.  I really recommend using a soap dish.  


I use a metal one similar to the one on Amazon.  I actually have two of them so I can rotate bars.  With five people, if i don't rotate the bars, they just dissolve because they don't get fully dry.  I just stick one in the cabinet for a day or two and then switch them out.  

The metal soap dishes are also a lot easier to clean than the wood soap dishes, and the bottom catches any extra water.  I was using wooden soap dishes, but they kept falling apart.  I've been using the metal soap dishes for years, and they still look brand new.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.