All measurements are approximate. If I think a bar needs a little more of this or that, I add what feels, looks, and smells right. The amount of soap base you use depends on the size of your mold. You can add more or less scent depending on the strength of the oil you use, and how strong you want the smell of the soap to be. The amount of coloring you add entirely depends on what type of coloring you buy. It should come with instructions on how much to use. The beeswax adds a slightly yellow or brownish color and turns clear soap cloudy and opaque, so this is not a recipe to use for soaps you want to be clear and pretty.
Melt soap base and beeswax as you would chocolate, don't let it get too hot. You can use a double boiler, or melt it in a glass microwave safe dish. If you use the microwave, only melt for about 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between, to ensure you do not let it get too hot. If it gets too hot bubbles form and it smells bad. Add fragrance and color and pour into molds. Allow to set for a few hours, placing molds in the freezer will speed up the process.
Notes- My favorite for hand soap is to add orange essential oil and a litttle orange coloring to this recipe. I always have a bar of it at my kitchen sink, as it cleans hands, cuts grease, and has a pleasant scent.
Melissande's Milk and Honey Soaps-
I have many ways to make milk and honey bars, here are a few.
Melt soap base and beeswax, mix in milk and honey, and pour into molds. Sometimes the milk clumps, so be careful and experiment to find the best way to mix it in. I like to leave this with its natural color and slight honey fragrance, but you could add a color or fragrance to complement it. I know there are some honey fragrance oils available if you want to make the scent more pronounced.
The following use the above Two Part Recipe-
Milk and Honey Chunky Bars-
Decide if you would like a milk bar with honey chunks, or a honey bar with milk chunks. Make either part one or part two first, whichever one you want to be the chunks. Pour it into one cavity in a square or rectangular soap mold. After that bar has set up, unmold it and slice it into small squares or odd chunks, however you prefer. Place the chunks into 2 cavities in a soap mold. Make the remaining part and pour it over the chunks in the mold.
Layered Milk and Honey Bars-
Make part one and fill 2 cavities in a soap mold, each half full. Let it set, but don't let it harden completely. Spritz lightly with rubbing alcohol to help the layers adhere to each other. Make part two and fill both cavities the rest of the way.
Half and Half Milk and Honey Bars-
This can be tricky. You need 2 containers to melt the soap in and you must make both parts separately at the same time. Then you have to wait and pour them when they cool just a little, like when a skin begins to form at the top. Very carefully pour both parts into the same cavity of a soap mold, from opposite sides of the mold so that the melted soap meets in the middle. One end of the bar will be milk, one end honey, and they will mix a little in the center. If you pour them while they are too hot, they will just totally mix together, which makes a kind of swirly looking soap.
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