This easy DIY Milk and Honey soap can be made in just 10 minutes, and it boasts lots of great skin benefits from the goats milk and honey! A wonderful quick and easy homemade gift idea!
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HOMEMADE MILK & HONEY SOAP
Homemade milk and honey soap have always been one of my favorites. It smells divine, and there are loads of skin benefits from the honey – it’s moisturizing, clarifying, soothing, and also naturally antibacterial. Because of these properties, honey is fantastic for the treatment of acne and aging and for general complexion brightening. C’mon now, we all could use a little bit of anti-aging and complexion brightening, right?
HOW TO MAKE MILK AND HONEY SOAP:
I love these natural soaps for their sweet delicate aroma and for the incredible skin benefits, but what I love even more is the fact that I can whip up an entire batch of these beauties in under 10 minutes! They’ll take a little longer to firm up, but the actual “work” part is done in less than 10 minutes.
SUPPLIES TO MAKE DIY MILK & HONEY SOAP:
- Goat’s Milk Soap Base
- Silicone Honeycomb Mold
- Organic Raw Honey
- 4-Cup Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup (or similar)
- Yellow & Red Soap Colorant (optional)
I didn’t take any step-by-step photos of the process this time, but I did create a quick video that will show you just how easy it is to make these soaps!
I generally use about 1 lb (or half of the block) of soap base at a time to make ten honeycomb soaps – if you want to fill the entire mold (19 soaps), use the full 2 lbs of soap base. Slice the block of goat’s milk soap base into cubes that are approximately ½” in size. The soap base is soft, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife.
Place the cubes inside of a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave. Melt in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session, to ensure that the soap is completely melted.
When the soap is completely melted, stir in 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of yellow soap colorant. I also added one drop of red colorant to give my soap more of a golden hue.
Pour the melted soap into the honeycomb mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool. The cooling process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on temperature and humidity levels.
When the soap is cool and firm, carefully remove them from the silicone mold.
These DIY milk & honey soaps make a fantastic homemade gift – perfect for friends, family, teachers, coaches, and neighbors! They’re great for fundraisers and craft fairs, too!
Frequently Asked Questions:
We get asked a LOT of questions about our melt and pour homemade soaps, so here are a few FAQs that you might find useful!
Do melt and pour soaps need to cure?
No! Unlike cold process soaps, your new melt and pour soaps will be ready to use just as soon as they have completely cooled and hardened.
How long does homemade soap last?
The shelf life for melt and pour soap base is around two years, but the shelf life of your finished soaps will depend upon what you have added to them. Soaps with simple color and fragrance additives should last at least the full two years. Soaps with added botanicals or fresh ingredients will have a shorter shelf life.
Many soaps will last well beyond the two year shelf life, however, you may find that the color or fragrance fades over time, and the soaps may begin to lose moisture and become dry.
For these milk and honey soaps, honey has an extremely long shelf life, so they will be good for at least two years if properly wrapped and stored!
How do you wrap/package/store homemade soap?
Melt and pour soaps should be wrapped and packaged soon after making. We recommend wrapping the soaps with plastic wrap or placing them in a plastic zipper bag and storing them in a cool and dry location. Soaps may also be shrink wrapped using shrink plastic and a heat gun, but be careful and work quickly so that you don’t accidentally melt the soap in the process!
Why does melt and pour soap sweat? And how can I prevent it?
Glycerin can be found in many different types of soap bases, and glycerin is known for its ability to attract moisture (which makes it great for hydrating skin!). Glycerin attracts moisture from the air which often will appear as small beads of “dew” or “sweat” on the surface of the soap. This is NOT moisture being released from the soap itself!
To prevent your melt and pour soaps from sweating, be sure to wrap them promptly and store them properly.
How do I get rid of bubbles in my soap?
Spritzing the surface of your freshly-poured soap with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (or higher) will break the surface tension and help release trapped air bubbles.
Can I use a different type of soap base?
You bet! Well, most likely anyway. While changing the soap base may alter the benefits that are listed in our soap recipes, we have found that 98% of our recipes can be made with alternative melt and pour soap bases. Goat’s milk soap base, shea butter soap base, coconut milk soap base, glycerin soap base, and others are fairly interchangeable and will not likely alter the successful outcome of your finished soap.
What else can I add into my soap?
There are SO many different ways that you can customize your homemade soaps! Experiment with adding different essential oils, butters (shea butter and cocoa butter are fantastic options!), natural colors, botanicals, and more! You can add extra skin-nourishing benefits by including liquid oils such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or olive oil – use just a small amount to avoid making your bars of soap too soft!
For some ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out our entire collection of DIY bath and body products!
What You’ll Need:
- 2 lb Goat Milk Soap Base
- 5 tbsp Raw Honey
- Gold Soap Colorant
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, in a spray bottle
- Microwave-safe Measuring Cup
- 12” Silicone Honeycomb Mold
- Slice the goat’s milk soap base into small cubes and place into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well after each session, to ensure that the soap is completely melted.
- Carefully stir in gold soap colorant and honey. Pour the melted soap into the mold and spritz with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.
- Allow the soaps to sit undisturbed until completely firm (approximately 60-90 minutes depending on temperature and humidity) before unmolding.
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I want to add sliced luffa to this soap and a soft fragrance like clove or grapefruit. Would that turn out OK? I’ve never made soap and this is my first year growing luffas. I have about 50 luffas to use.
ANY ADVICE is greatly appreciated. Want a scent not too powerful and not flowery.
Grapefruit would be a lovely addition! I also have a citrus loofah soap here that might be perfect for you: https://www.happinessishomemade.net/citrus-loofah-soaps/
Good day Heidi… I was wanted to ask if I should use the same measurements for the loaf mold?
I’m looking forward to making this. Can you tell me where you found the gold colorant?
My favorite gold colorant is this one from Brambleberry: Gold Sparkle Color Block
I made these soaps they were super easy and turned out wonderfully. Only thing is i would like a stronger scent. If I purchase the oil to add for a stronger scent would I be able to remelt these and add the scent?
Yes, absolutely! That’s the beauty of melt and pour soap – it’s easy to melt down and re-batch if you want to make some simple adjustments like that! 🙂
I absolutely love this soap recipe and making soaps in this mold. The whole family loves using this soap, and it makes incredibly useful and fun gifts. I made these for wedding favors for my naturalist niece and tagged them with a free, printable label that read, “Meant to bee.”
That sounds lovely, Dawn! I’m so glad you love it! 🙂
First soap ever made with honey and it has turned out perfect. Thankyou for giving me the confidence to try this with your easy instructions
ANN K TROXELL says
very wonderful blog thanks for this wonderful posting.
I really like your bee and honeycomb mold. Where can I purchase one, please?
We purchased this honeycomb mold from Amazon. You can use this link: https://amzn.to/2JaZLyT
I love the Goat’s Milk and Honey soaps. While these are great soaps, can you recommend a type of oil and amount to give them a stronger honey smell? Thank you.
Hi Tina! If you want to add a more pronounced honey fragrance, we recommend checking out the variety of honey fragrance oils from Brambleberry. We’re partial to the Wildflower Honey and Oatmeal Milk and Honey scents!
Hi, do these soaps have a scent? If not, can I add something to them for a scent?
Hi Amber, the soaps have a mild honey fragrance. If you want to add a more pronounced honey aroma, we recommend checking out the variety of honey fragrance oils from Brambleberry. We’re partial to the Wildflower Honey and Oatmeal Milk and Honey scents!
Can you use double boiler on the stove to melt the soap base?
Yes, absolutely! Just keep it on low heat and go slow with the melting. 🙂
I do not own a microwave, what do you suggest I do to melt the soap base?
Hi Nichole, you can melt the soap base on the stovetop in a double boiler. 🙂
Elizabeth Hill says
I loved this recipe! I used it for Xmas gifts this year and it was easy to follow and the soaps turned out perfectly. I made two batches, and in my second batch I added lavender essential oil and shea butter. They turned out very well. 🙂
Hi, do you have any other way of packaging these soaps that are more eco-friendly (non-plastic bags or wrap).
You are welcome to wrap the soaps in paper, however, some soap bases MAY “sweat” a bit over time depending on the brand used. Using a plastic wrapping eliminates this issue.
Jordyn Hopkins says
Hey Heidi! Do you know about how many soaps this makes?
As the recipe is written, using 1 lb of soap base (half the block) will make about 10 soaps. 🙂
I’m planning on trying my hand at soap making with my two granddaughters next weekend. I plan to use this recipe. I see that you say to use a silicone mold. Would the plastic molds work as well?
Frae Guile says
Hi! I am very eager to try this homemade soap recipe. I make homemade candles and some soaps would be a great addition to my collection.
I do have a question about the molds. I would like to have a more plain/simple finished product so if I would make this without the honeycomb mold, is there a recommendation for a substitute mold? I’m trying to convey that I would like the same size/portions of the soaps but no honeycomb design.
You could use a loaf mold, and cut the size bars you want. I sometimes use a plain cutter, and also a crinkle pattern.
I just made this ~ so lovely! I lightly ground up some oatmeal and added it as well. It had a slight bit of texture and gives it a more earthy look. Perfect for gifting to neighbors and co-workers. Thank you!
This is great!
I really want to make some soaps for add-ons to Christmas gifts this year.
I am going to make 12, 4oz bars – is tripling the recipe going to work for this?
Also! How long does the soap last once made? And how should it be stored?
I don’t want to make it too early.
Thanks so much!