Easy Lemon Honey Soap Recipe Without Lye
This lemon honey soap recipe is the bee’s knees – it smells like honey, looks like a honeycomb, and takes just a few minutes to whip up!
Old-school soap making with lye is something that scares the bejesus out of me. Especially with a little one underfoot who always wants to stir whatever I’m making. As I shared in my soap making beginner guide, if I hadn’t found all-natural melt and pour soap bases, I wouldn’t have a single soap recipe to share with you.
And I can imagine I’m not the only mother who wants to make easy soap recipes without lye.
Melt and pour soap bases make soap making achievable for anyone: newbies and kids included! You see, it’s already completed the saponification process (the chemical reaction that makes lye safe for skin).
Not only do you get to skip bringing active lye into your kitchen with melt and pour soap – but this new approach on how to make soap is simple, quick, and safe.
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Does simple mean boring?
You can choose one for its scent, color, lather, or benefits for the skin. Want to make soap for your skin type? It’s easy when you start with our 8-point skin type quiz and guide to melt and pour soap. With a detailed review of 10 melt and pour soap bases, you can’t go wrong!
I have made so many homemade soap recipes without lye that look just as good as the old-school method.
– Swirled pink and white layered soap flowers
– Good enough to drink coffee soap
– Exfoliating pink salt soap
– Zesty lemon slice soap
– Solid dish soap bars
Honestly, the sky’s the limit when making soap with a melt and pour base. And this new lemon honey soap recipe has me buzzing!
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What’s all the buzz about?
Honey is a fascinating soap additive with a long, romantic history, and you don’t have to be a beekeeper or a queen to try it.
Both Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and Queen Anne of England certainly saw the benefits of honey. Cleopatra regularly soaked in honey and milk baths to keep her skin soft and youthful. And the Queen of England applied an elixir of honey and oil.
History aside, what does honey do for soap, and is honey good for the skin? It increases the lather and humectant properties attract and bind moisture to the skin, boosting its moisturizing power.
Honey’s high amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and enzymes help decrease free radical damage for younger-looking skin. And its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties help to kill bacteria that may cause acne. These are some of the many reasons why honey is one of my top 20 natural soap making ingredients and bases!
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Learn more about honey melt and pour soap base from our printable soap making guides in the Simple Living Library.
And that’s not all…
A honey soap base has a beautiful golden glow all on its own; no soap colorant is needed. And it has a warm, slightly sweet scent. Fresh citrus essential oils like lemon really blend well into the honey melt and pour soap. But, any scent you add to it will have a slightly sweet aroma due to the nature of honey.
How do you make homemade honey soap without lye?
As for this lemon honey soap recipe – it looks like a honeycomb, smells like honey, and takes only a few minutes to whip up! Altogether, it’s a nourishing soap bar with an uplifting scent.
Honey Soap Ingredients and Supplies:
1 pound honey melt and pour soap base
15-20 drops lemon essential oil
Lemon Honey Soap Recipe:
1. Prepare the honeycomb silicone mold by cleaning, drying, and spritzing with rubbing alcohol.
3. Scoop the sliced honey soap base into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base in 30-second intervals, stirring intermittently to avoid burning.
5. Pour the lemon honey soap into the prepared honeycomb silicone mold. Carefully distribute evenly between sections to avoid overflow.
6. If needed, spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles in the soap. Then, allow soap to cool in the mold for one to two hours or until solid before removing.
As a note, this recipe will fill half of the soap mold, making 10 soaps. And doubling the recipe will fill the whole soap mold, making 19 soaps in total. Either way, I think this honeycomb and bumblebee soap mold just adds to the soap’s cute factor. Don’t you agree?
You’ll Have Your Friends Buzzing Too
Did I mention this lemon honey soap recipe is very affordable to make when you start with a honey melt and pour soap base? I’ve gifted many of these adorable honey soap tarts to family and friends. And they make great homemade guest soaps, too!
It pairs really well with this sweet, refreshing lemon lavender sugar scrub recipe, designed to gently exfoliate, deeply nourish, and rejuvenate the skin. Whip up a batch now to gift with these delicate little honey soaps if you can bear to part with them.
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- honeycomb silicone soap mold
- 1 pound honey melt and pour soap base
- 15-20 drops lemon essential oil
- soap knife
- glass measuring cup
- heat resistant silicone whisk
- Prepare the honeycomb silicone mold by cleaning, drying, and spritzing with rubbing alcohol.
- Carefully slice 1 pound of honey melt and pour soap base into cubes that are approximately ½” to 1” in size using a soap knife.
- Scoop the sliced honey soap base into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base in 30-second intervals, stirring intermittently to avoid burning.
- Promptly remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add 15 to 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Blend thoroughly together using a non-stick heat-resistant spatula.
- Pour the lemon honey soap into the prepared honeycomb silicone mold. Carefully distribute evenly between sections to avoid overflow.
- If needed, spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles in the soap. Then, allow soap to cool in the mold for one to two hours or until solid before removing.
As a note this recipe will fill half of the soap mold, making 10 soaps. And doubling the recipe will fill the whole soap mold, making 19 soaps in total.
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Have you made soap using a melt and pour soap recipe? I’d love to see it! Tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share yours. And don’t forget to pin this recipe to come back soon and make it with me.