When Beeswax Doesn’t Mix – Handcrafted/Homemade Soaps
When we started our beekeeping adventure in 2016, I was very excited to make things for our household use. Mainly soaps, lotion bars, and lip balms. So off to the internet I go. I came across many different posts about everything imaginable. . .with tons of conflicting information. The best thing a crafter can do is to test for yourself. Since we did not have a lot of beeswax yet, I decided to start off with soaps.
Since I have small children, I decided to use a high quality melt & pour base (saponification process is done for you so you don’t have to mess with lye) to make test batches of soap. More on melt & pour later, but there are unlimited creative options out there and many reputable places to get quality ingredients (plus more to avoid). Honey mixes beautifully with melt & pour with a max of 1/4 teaspoon per 1 pound of base. I have found that adding more can start to soften the bar and darken it.
BUT, beeswax is another story. Melting beeswax, even a tiny amount, does not make a good soap bar. Watch the video below to see WHAT happens when you try to add beeswax to handcrafted soap.