I Made Cold Process Soap With Local Honey (and you can too, it’s easy) | Royalty Soaps

– Hello everyone, welcome
back to Royalty Soaps. Today we are going to be
making a soap with honey in it. I will be talking a little bit
about how you can incorporate honey into your cold
process soap creations, and I’m really really pleased to say that the honey I am using
today is from Sabine Creek Honey Farm which is about
20 miles north of me, so it’s as local as it can get. This honey is made
using Texas wildflowers. It tastes super super good. And the owner John has
been working with honey and bees for many many years. He is an expert in his field. So Sabine Creek Honey
Farm is owned by John and his son, they run it together so it’s a family run business. At one point in time
John was the president of the Texas Beekeeper’s Association and on a national level he
was the Executive Secretary of the American Beekeeping Federation so he knows his stuff. I think it’s really
really cool to incorporate local ingredients into your soap and I’m really really excited
about doing that today. So without further ado,
let’s make some honey soap. So here I have in my bucket pure oil. Nothing has been added to it yet. And here in this container
I have pure honey. It is so delicious. It’s also very fragrant. This is a wildflower
honey and it does smell a little bit floral which
is really really cool. Now there’s multiple ways
you can incorporate this into cold processed soap. You can pour it in at trace after you have added you YWater. You can pull a portion of your water out and blend it in so it
dissolves, or you can do what I’m about to do and dump
it straight into the oils. I’m gonna use my stick
blender to incorporate it as I’m pouring it so that
nothing sticks to the bottom. (casual inspiring music) So the minimum amount
of honey you should add is one teaspoon per pound of oils but you can add up to a tablespoon. I have chosen to use a
little more than one teaspoon per pound of oils which
would ended up being about 15 to 17, up to even 18 teaspoons. For me, that’s 100 grams. You also want to work at the
lowest possible temperature when using honey because
it has a lot of sugar in it and will definitely heat up your batter. For this particular batch,
as I pour the YWater solution, I’m going to blend. Now you can see my batter
is still nice and runny at this point which is a
little bit different from some of the other honey cold
process soap making tutorials you’ve probably seen. That’s because those people are more than likely working with batter
that has more water in it or is at a hotter temperature than mine. I’m just using my regular everyday recipe that you too can use. It’s down on the description box below. I’m now pouring off eight pounds of batter and we’re gonna use
this as an accent color. Now to the smaller
container, I will be adding some Golden Buddha mica,
this is from Mad Micas and it is a beautiful shimmery gold. And even after the cold
process soap has saponified, it still sparkles which
is one of the reasons why I like this particular colorant. I will also be adding just a little bit of titanium dioxide to
lighten up the batch. We’re going for sort
of a creamy light gold. And then into the large
container we are adding some Aztec Gold mica. This is from TKB Trading. This is my go-to gold. And if it’s out of stock
because it often is, you can get it from Mad Micas under the name Goldfinger. It’s basically the same thing. I’m going to begin by
blending in the color by hand. This way I have to stick blend less because the fragrance oil combination that I’m using does tend to speed up trace, gets
it a little bit thick so I want to lessen the amount of time that I have to stick blend. Working with honey does not have to be a very scary adventure. I’ve seen a lot of horror photos out there of crystallized tunnels
in people’s soap batter and overheating and cracking on the top and that just has not been my experience. Once again if you keep your
temperatures really low to begin with at about 85 degrees for a honey soap, you’re just
not gonna have that issue. Also don’t use too much of it. (laughing) Don’t go up to that one
tablespoon per pound of oils. That will also add to
overheating problems. I have added in my secret
fragrance oil blend and it smells like wildflower honey. It’s a floral sweet honey
smell, it’s absolutely stunning. With our fragrance oil blended in and our color looking good, it is time to pour our light gold color into our dark honey color. I’m gonna begin by
pouring down this one side and then down this side. I’m essentially just gonna pour it into all four corners of my container and then also into the middle. I find this really really helps get an even color distribution throughout the entire soap. And I’ve kep some soap in the bucket for me to scrape out and
use a little later on. My clear container is now completely full and ready to pour into our large slab mold after this quick commercial break. The large slab mold I am using today is from Workshop Heritage,
they are a lovely mold maker with super high quality molds. They are very durable,
they’ve lasted me a good long time already and they
create custom sizes as well. Now I have to scrapy scrapy
out my big containy here. Make sure that none of this
soap is going to waste. I am trying to move a little quicker at this point just because
the soap is setting up and I want to have enough time to tap it down on the ground so it levels out and none of the bars are significantly bigger than the others. So with the remaining yellow batter I’m just going to put a smattering on top. I just sort of wanna
bring that light color up to the very top before I
put our faux honey drizzle. I feel like the contrast
is going to be very nice. This looks sort of like the vanilla honey that Caleb and I got at Whole
Foods that’s in our pantry. We don’t go to Whole Foods very often but when we do, Caleb always
likes to get a specialty honey that’s kinda like his little thing. So people like chocolate,
Caleb likes honey. So with everything in
the mold it is now time for me to place my bubble wrap. Now the idea of putting
bubble wrap on a honey soap is certainly not new. It has been done many times before me and it’s just sort of a classic way to remind folks that hey, bees exist. This right here is a honey soap. So I am going to lay this on top and press it in until I can see
these cells getting filled. I know that’s kind of nasty
but that’s what we gotta do. I’m just gonna push it in. Now I just cut this strip
with regular old scissors and then I’m placing mine in the corner because of how I want to do
my melt and pour drizzle, but if you’re not doing
a melt and pour drizzle you could just cut a big strip and place it across the entire top of your soap and that would look really nice too. In fact some people who
want an even cleaner look place it on the bottom of their molds and then when it’s time
to un-mold their soap, they flip it upside down,
peel the whole thing across and it’s nice and level. Got my last one here,
I’m just tapping it in, making sure those corners
are poked in as well. It is 30 hours later so
let’s un-mold our soap. Take this lid off here,
ooh and it’s lookin’ delightful on the inside. So before we can take
it out, I’ve gotta put that melt and pour drizzle on top. So we’re just going to remove
all of the bubble wrap. Last one over here. And it’s time to mix up our melt and pour honey drizzle. Now this is my own special
concoction of micas and colorants to get that perfect
wildflower honey color. Let’s melt this down. Here is my melt and pour all ready to go. So I’m going to begin by
pouring some on the very edge. I want some of these cells to
fill with honey, faux honey. And I’m gonna do this
for all of the soaps, just kinda pouring on one edge. Filling up some of those cells, I’m going to tip my container up, let that melt and pour run a little bit, gonna tip it towards me as well. And then for this one I’m
gonna tip it to the side and let a little bit of it run down across the soap. And then with any extra
I have I’m just going to kinda drip it on top like so and we’re gonna let this
sit for about 15 minutes allowing the melt and
pour to harden completely before splitting the batch into loafs. Awe, this looks so cute. The only thing I’m gonna
change in the future is bringing this honeycomb
pattern all the way over here. I thought it might be fun
to kinda splatter stuff but I’ve decided that
the honeycomb texture just cannot be beaten. And it feels so good, I think it’ll end up having kind of a
massage quality on the top. So let us line this up with Evangeline. It’s very easy to cut soap
that has melt and pour on top when there’s only a little
bit of melt and pour. You obviously can’t cut a
fully melt and pour soap loaf. So this is what the soap
looks like on the inside. (laughing) Excuse me it’s a horrifying face. (laughing) So as you can see, this soap
design is a little more simple but the whole point of this soap is mainly the additives and the fragrance. So the design being simple just kind of adds to the natural elegant
look of the bar itself. Also they smell amazing. So good, and the lather
because of all that sugar, oh my gosh it’s so bubbly and soft and creamy, it’s delightful. My soaps are normally pretty bubbly but this is next level bubbly. Specifically note the
size of those bubbles. They’re huge, it looks like I’ve blown them with a bubble wand. Now these soaps will discolor just a teeny tiny bit more over time because the fragrance does
contain vanillin in it but it’s not gonna be a big deal and it’s not gonna change the look of it very much at all. Another really cool feature
of this soap is the stamp. For this particular soap stamp, I don’t have to pound
it in with any mallet. It is very delicate, a little
bit of pressing and voila, you have a perfect stamp that says honey. Now for the question of the day, I want to know would you guys like to see me using more
really unique ingredients like goat’s milk, coconut
milk, almond milk? Pine tar, beers, there’s tons of stuff you can put in soaps. You guys wanna learn how to
make that or watch me do it? Let me know by clickin’ the I in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Thanks guys so much for watching. These honey soaps will
be available on March 7th 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time at RoyaltySoaps.com, and remember this is one of our
charity soaps so a portion of the proceeds are going to go to the Honey Bee Conservancy. The Honey Bee Conservancy
is a public charity that works to help the bees
while increasing access to organic sustainable foods
in underserved communities. They do training for aspiring
and current beekeepers. They provide the public with a ton of very helpful knowledge about how to work with bees and make
a great home for them. And one of my favorite things
about this particular charity is their Sponsor-A-Hive program. The Sponsor-A-Hive program
strategically places buzzing bees in gardens and urban farms that are doing exceptional work to grow fresh produce for schools, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers and low income neighborhoods. And by adding bees to
these vibrant gardens, fruit and vegetable quality improves and the amount of food grown increases by up to 71%. I love what this charity is doing to meld both humans with our
little buzzing bee friends. I felt like this really
really captured the heart of the farmer’s market collection. To learn more about this awesome charity be sure to follow the links down below, I’ll link their Instagram
and their website too. Be sure you do somethin’
fun for yourself today whether that is making a recipe with some local honey. If you are in Texas you absolutely have to get some of that Sabine Creek honey. It is just muah muah muah. Or perhaps if you’re a crafter trying out some honey fragrance
oils, they smell so good. They’re so good, especially the ones from Bramble Berry, can highly recommend. And until next time, have
an absolutely royal day and I’ll see you guys soon, bye for now. (purring) (uplifting inspiring music) And this is one of our charity soaps, so a portion of the proceeds. – [Man] The protein, yeah.

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