Recycled Soap With Honey Recipe
A couple of years ago I made an experimental batch of homemade soap from recycled soap based on a recipe that used 20% honey. That was a success, so I decided to continue collecting all our soap bits in a pot (as they got too small to be of practical use) with the intention of making a fresh batch of homemade soap, once the pot of soap bits was full again.
Last time I recycled plastic cups as moulds, filling just the bottom third of the cups with the recycled soap mix. This time I decided to use paper fancy cake moulds, which was a lot easier and gave a better (more attractive) end product.
Below is my recipe for recycling soap to make homemade soap, with added essential oils, herbs and honey,
Recycled Soap With 20% Honey
Ingredients Used in Recipe Below
- 250g soap for recycling
- 250g water
- 100g honey
- 2 tablespoons essential eucalyptus oil
- Dozen leaves fresh mint, chopped
- Dozen leaves fresh sage, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon food dye
The essential oils, herbs and food dye in the above ingredients are optional, and you can add your own ingredients for colour and scent to your own preferences.
The main ingredients is the recycled soap and water; about a 50/50 mix, and 20% honey. Add the other ingredients for scenting the soap, essential oils and herbs (fresh and or dried), and food dye for colouring according to your own preference.
For this batch of homemade soap I included a generous portion of homemade essential eucalyptus oil that I’d just finished making, made from fresh leaves harvested from the eucalyptus tree in our front garden.
Before I started to make the homemade soap, I gathered together all the ingredients and equipment I would need for recycling the soap to make new scented soap bars with added honey (see images below).
Step 1: Chop Up the Soap for Recycling
To aid the melting of the recycled soap it needs to be chopped up into small bits. Some will use a sharp knife, many prefer a cheese grater; my preference is using scissors.
Step 2: Chop Up Fresh Herbs
If you use just dried herbs you can skip this step, but in this recipe the fresh herbs I used from our garden was Mind and Sage, about a dozen leaves of each; and as I’d just finished make eucalyptus essential oil, I also included a dozen of the eucalyptus leaves I’d used for making the oil.
Step 3: Weigh the Soap to be Recycled and Add the Water
To add the honey at a ratio of about 1:5 you need to know how much the recycled soap and water weighs.
I first weighed the soap, and then added the water to cover the soap; which happened to work out to about a 50/50 mix.
Step 4: Weigh the Honey
As I wanted the honey to soap on a 1:5 ratio, having weighed the recycled soap with water added, I then weighed out the honey. There is no need to be precise, but on this occasion I weighed out a little bit more than the 20% target.
Step 5: Melt the Soap You're Recycling
You shouldn’t melt the soap on a direct heat; it should be melted in a similar way to melting chocolate. I melted the soap in vegetable steamer until it was a constituency similar to porridge.
Step 6: Add the Honey and Essential Oils
Once the recycled soap had melted I turned off the heat on the stove, added the honey and two tablespoons of the eucalyptus essential oil to the mix; and quickly mixed it in with a spoon.
Normally, when adding essential oils you’d only add one or two teaspoons at most, because of the expense; but as I had made my own eucalyptus oil and I had over 1 litre (1 ½ pints) of it I could afford to be generous.
Step 7: Add the Herbs and Colourant
The final step before adding the mix to the moulds is adding the herbs and food dye of your choice. As well as the chopped herbs leaves (Mint and Sage) picked fresh from my garden, and the eucalyptus leaves from when I made the eucalyptus oil, I also added a teaspoonful of dried Rosemary.
Once added I quickly mixed it all in with a spoon. There is a certain amount of urgency because you need to stop heating the soap mix when you start to add the additional ingredients, because the heat can destroy some of the scent; and once you stop heating it the soap mix soon starts to set quite quickly.
Step 8: Fill the Moulds
While still warm, and pliable, quickly pour or scoop the soap mix into the moulds, and leave to set.
You may find that the recycled soap is set firm enough within an hour or two to take out of the moulds, but you may wish to leave overnight to set firmly.
You can then start using the soap and, as before, start collecting the remnants in a pot along with other soap that you subsequently use, so that you can make a fresh batch of recycled soap once the pot is full again.
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