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Soap Recipes

So I'll try to keep a record here of the soaps I am making with beeswax. Jeff (my son-in-law) and I are making all of our soaps with beeswax which gives some hardness to the soap in order to say that it is a by-product of Linda T's Bees.

I put every formula through a lye calculator, which is essential to soap-making well, but also since I am tweaking every recipe I find by adding beeswax.

Oatmeal Honey Soap

Shea Butter -                          12.70 ounces
Palm Oil      -                          11.01 ounces
Coconut Oil (76 deg) -            8.47 ounces
Olive Oil Pomace -                  8.47 ounces
Beeswax -                                 1.27 ounces
Palm Kernel Oil Flakes -          .42 ounces

At trace, added 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
3 T honey

The soap weight before curing is about 4 pounds
Baby Soap

46.75 ounces olive oil pomace
4.25 ounces castor oil
2 ounces beeswax

Soap weight before curing is about 5 pounds

Made about 20 bars - small ones and will cure for 4 weeks


Basic Soap Formula for relatively hard soap:

Shea Butter - 180 grams
Palm Oil -      156 grams
Coconut Oil - 120 grams
Olive Oil Pomace - 120 grams
Palm Kernel Oil Flakes: 12 grams
Beeswax: 12 grams

To this add flavorings and exfoliants

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