In this issue: Golden Honeycomb Soap - get 30% off all the ingredients in  this project! Plus new Color Blocks for Melt & Pour Soap
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Sweeten Up Your Soap

Who says you can’t get a long-lasting bar of soap without the palm oil? In this recipe we used beeswax as part of the replacement for palm oil to create a hard, conditioning bar of soap. Then building on the theme, we used our Honey Beeswax fragrance oil and lined the mold with bubble wrap for a clever honeycomb texture. Your friends will “bee” jealous of this recipe!


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MOLD PREP: Place bubble wrap into the bottom of the Silicone Tray Mold, textured side up. Using a mesh tea strainer, lightly dust the bubble wrap with a somewhat uneven coat of Sparkle Gold Mica.

SAFETY FIRST: If you have never made cold process soap before, I strongly suggest getting a couple of basic recipes under your belt before diving in. Check out Soap Queen TV on Cold Process if you want to get started with cold process. It’s a 4 part series that will take you through the basics (and be sure to watch the episode on Lye Safety). You need gloves, goggles, and long sleeves. Always soap in a room that has great ventilation! Safety is the most important part of any soap recipe. If you’re a book worm, Bramble Berry also has some helpful reading on the cold process technique.

ONE: With your gloves and goggles on, slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and stir until clear. Set aside to cool to between 140 and 150 degrees.

TWO: Melt and combine the Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Because of its high melt point, beeswax can shatter glass in the microwave and should not be melted in the microwave. Set the melted wax aside without adding it to the base oils

THREE: Check the temperature of your oils and lye. You want to be at 140-150 degrees F for both. Minding temperatures is key for this recipe! When both the oils and the lye water are at appropriate temperatures, carefully add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until you reach trace.

FOUR: Add Honey Beeswax fragrance oil and mix in well with a whisk. Do the same with the honey.

FIVE: While the stick blender is on, add the melted beeswax. Be sure that the temperature of the soap batter is at least 140 degrees before adding beeswax. If your soap batter temperature is too low when you add the melted beeswax it will begin to solidify.

SIX: Split off about 1.5 cups of the soap batter and add 1 teaspoon Sparkle Gold Mica. Stir with a whisk until incorporated.

SEVEN: Pour the 1.5 cups of Sparkle Gold-colored soap back into the original batch at several different entry points (as you would for an 'in the pot' swirl soap), reserving about an ounce or so for a final swirl if desired. Drag a chopstick, dowel or spatula through each of the entry points just once for a swirl effect (we don’t want to mix it fully back in!).

EIGHT: Pour the soap into the mold, on top of the mica dusted bubble wrap. If desired, layer the reserved soap into the main soap and swirl. Allow the soap to sit in the mold for 1-3 days, cut and cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!

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Coupon expires September 30th, 2012. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

What's New?

We've added Color Blocks for Melt & Pour Soap. Never worry about clumps and specks in your M&P creations again with our easy to use Color Blocks.
Watch this Soap Queen Short Video to see how simple it is to use. 
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