A lovely fragrant diy goat milk soap enriched with honey.
It’s been a while since I posted a soap recipe, and with Christmas coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a new recipe with you. If you are like me and somehow always end up needing a last-minute gift for a friend or family member, this DIY is perfect for you! You only need 5 ingredients (6 if you are counting the molds) and very little time to make these gorgeous goat milk and honey soap bars.
I got the inspiration for the soap recipe during one of my nightly shopping sprees on Amazon (hands up if that is also something you do!). I found these adorable soap molds and immediately knew I wanted to create a honey soap with them. I mean can you blame me? The little bee on top of the molds is incredibly adorable!
For most of my DIY beauty projects, I order my supplies over Amazon. This is incredibly practical because they have a lot of the required ingredients and I save myself a trip to a speciality store, or even generally, a store. Now that we live in Switzerland, however, Amazon often isn’t an option because they only ship a limited amount of products here. To get around this issue, I oftentimes order my supplies to my mom who lives in Austria, and whenever a friend or family member comes to visit, they’ll take my ordered things with. Amazon hacked!
For this DIY soap recipe, I did just that. I ordered the supplies to my mom and after visiting my family for a couple of days, took the supplies with in my luggage. Having flown with just a carry-on a bunch of times already, I’m well aware of the restrictions for airplane luggage, but since none of the ingredients were liquids, I thought I was on the safe side and had nothing to worry about. I thought getting through security would be a breeze. Well, I was wrong.
Getting that soap base through security was one of the top 5 most stressful things I have ever experienced at an airport. When my suitcase went through the scan, it immediately set the scanner off. Within a few seconds, a bomb specialist showed up and ushered me to the side. He put on gloves and carefully (as though it was an explosive) took out the soap base. Needless to say, I was on pins and needles at this point and sweating profusely….all because of a soap base. I already saw myself in the news headlines – “Blogger gets arrested for importing DIY soap”. The situation was tense, he told me to step away from the suitcase. I tried smiling and explaining what the white mysterious block was. I said to him “Oh it’s just a soap base for making DIY soap. Do you know soap bases? Well, it’s this thing you need to make your own soap. I’m going to make honey soap for my blog with this. Have you ever made homemade soap, sir?” He apparently had not.
After taking samples of the product and scanning my clothes for particles of explosives he finally started to realise that there was no threat. I was just a weird blogger, importing DIY soap from one country to the next. He still checked with two other officers who all gave me a strange look, especially after eyeing the contents of my suitcase (cupcake liners, baking sheets and piping bags), but all gave me the OK to pass. They even let me take the soap base with on the airplane. Needless to say, this is the last time I took a soap base with on an airplane.
Fortunately for me, the story ends well and I was able to create this recipe for you. The honey goat milk soap bars are a collaboration with Langnese Honig, one of my favorite honey brands. I used their Landhonig which is a delicious creamed honey. It gives the soap base an extra boost of skin-nourishing properties. Did you know that honey is naturally:
- full of antioxidants
- delicious (okay, granted this isn’t a benefit when making soap, but it’s definitely true! :))
All the more reason to add it to your soap! The other ingredients for our DIY soap are honey, fragrance oil and yellow soap colouring. Both items are optional, but I personally prefer to make the soap with both as it underlines the addition of honey. When it comes to fragrance oils, there are unfortunately quite substantial differences regarding their quality. I had to order two different brands because the first one smelled purely of alcohol. I recommend this one right here which has a lovely subtle honey smell. To color your soap, I highly recommend using soap colors. They don’t change the texture and dissolve well in combination with soap bases.
How to store your DIY soap
The soap will keep for a few months. It’s important to package your soap bars soon after you made them. The best way to store them is in a Ziplock bag or in plastic wrap, in a cool dry place. If you are going to gift them, you can also wrap them in decorative paper or put them in a pretty tin box.Print
A fragrant goats milks soap enriched with honey, easily made using a soap base.
- Cut the soap base into small chunks and melt over a double boiler*, stirring frequently.
- Add the honey, fragrance oil and soap colouring and stir until well combined.
- Quickly fill into the molds before the mixture hardens. Spray the top of the soap bars with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles. Let the soaps harden completely for about 4 hours before removing.
* Double boiler: Fill the bottom of a pot with water, bring to a simmer and place a heat-proof bowl on top of it.
Thank you to our friends at Langnese Honig for sponsoring this post!