Honey and Beeswax Soap Recipe

A basic cold process soap recipe, this Honey and Beeswax Soap is wonderfully soothing with rich, moisturizing benefits.

| June 2015

  • Learn how to make your own soap, candles, balms, creams and salves using beeswax harvested from the beehive in Petra Ahnert’s book “Beeswax Alchemy” (Quarry Books, 2015).
    Cover courtesy Quarry Books
  • Adding honey to homemade soap boosts its lather production while providing additional moisturizing benefits.
    Photo by Dan Bishop Photography

Modern beekeepers commonly wonder what to do with all the beeswax their hives produce. Thankfully, the possibilities are endless, from holistic and decorative uses to various homemade health and beauty products. Learn how to make beautiful, useful gifts with Petra Ahnert’s book, Beeswax Alchemy (Quarry Books, 2015). This excerpt offers a recipe for Honey and Beeswax Soap.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Beeswax Alchemy.

Once basic soap-making skills have been mastered, it’s time to add some goodies such as beeswax and honey. The beeswax will make a harder bar and the honey will boost lather and provide some moisturizing benefits.

Note: You will know you are at the trace stage when you pull the immersion blender out of the soap mixture and it leaves a visible trail in the top of the soap. I like to take my soap to a medium to heavy trace, which is almost the consistency of a soft pudding. Depending on the temperature of the oil and lye and the speed of the immersion blender, the actual mixing portion should not take that long, maybe five to 10 minutes.

Honey and Beeswax Soap Recipe


• 358 grams olive oil (44.8 percent)
• 225 grams coconut oil at 76 degrees (28.1 percent)
• 177 grams palm oil (22.2 percent)
• 32 grams castor oil (4 percent)
• 7.2 grams beeswax (0.9 percent)
• 9 ounces distilled water, divided
• 111 grams lye (NaOH—sodium hydroxide)
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons fragrance (if desired)

Other Materials

• Disposable paper bowl
• Container for lye
• Large plastic spoon or high heat spatula
• Stainless-steel pot or microwave-safe container for oils
• Stainless-steel whisk or immersion blender
• Digital scale
• Mold (silicone bread loaf pan preferred, but any mold will do)
• Freezer paper to line mold



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