Using beeswax in soap making may seem like a new idea to some. We are familiar with the many natural ways beeswax is used in our candles, lotions and potions. But soap and beeswax just does not seem like a good combination. Surprisingly, beeswax is actually a companionable ingredient in soap.
How to Make Your Own Soap with Beeswax
Doubtless, you already know a lot about beeswax. This natural wax is made by honey bees. They use beeswax to create the sheets of honeycomb inside the hive.
When honey is harvested, excess beeswax is left over from the honey extraction process. Our bees put in a lot of effort to make wax. This is a valuable hive product and should not go to waste.
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So, why do we appreciate this natural wax so much? There are several benefits of using beeswax for skin care.
A thin coating of wax locks in skin moisture and helps protect your skin from cold weather. It is a natural product that does not contain an added chemicals or petroleum products.
When added to softer oils, it allows for a product that has a firmer texture and holds up well in warm weather. These natural properties contribute to a good finished product in soap making too.
Making Your Own Beeswax Soap at Home
Making your own homemade soap is quite an adventure. This project has a special appeal to those of us wishing to monitor the amount of chemicals we are putting on our skin.
To be a successful soap maker, requires a bit of advance planning. It can seem like quite a science project but it does not have to be hard.
Take my advice – plan on purchasing a kitchen scale if you do not have one. This one item is important in any soap making project. I purchased a good one that has lasted for years.
The basics of soap making can be mastered through several processes. Hot process, cold process, melt and pour, with or without milk – soap making is serious business.
However, cold process soap making is one of the most popular methods of creating your own product.
In order to safely and effectively make soap with beeswax (or without) in your home, you must have a good recipe. Then, you must follow the directions.
Favorite Beeswax Soap Recipes
Here is a list of some of my favorite beeswax soap recipes found online. Follow the directions with care and you can make your first homemade soaps.
These recipes use various processes – pay attention to the measurements and cautions with each recipe.
- Honey & Beeswax Soap Recipe from Mother Earth Living
- Honey Oats and Beeswax Soap from Tanya at Lovely Greens
- How to Make Beeswax Soap from I am Countryside
- Beeswax Soap Recipe from Basic Soapmaking
- Beeswax and Honey Soap Recipe from The Spruce
- How to Make Soap from Wellness Mama
- Beeswax Soap Recipe from Soap Recipes 101
How to Add Beeswax to an Existing Soap Recipe
If you already have a soap recipe that you like, can you add beeswax? No, not without some planning.
In general, adding beeswax to “melt and pour” soap bases does not turn out well. Actually, adding any ingredient to a basic soap recipe can cause an imbalance in the ingredients.
Be sure to double check your ingredient list and consult an online soap calculator when considering new recipes for beeswax soap.
For a very simple recipe using honey and a soap base: try my Goat Milk & Honey No Lye Soap.
Making things with beeswax is easy and a lot of fun. Let your creative juices flow and see what you can create.