- Apr 30, 2016
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- Western Illinois, USA
Thank you! You should try the method. It was scary for me the first time I did it- seeing my lye water turn such a dark burnt orange color that it looked black from a distance had me worried that my soap would turn out just as dark- but my worries were for nothing. The soap came out a lovely light caramel color to my delighted surprise.
Before using this method, my honey soaps would sometimes turn out with honey spots/dots that would weep out of my soap, and I also had to keep a close watch on them so they wouldn't crack from overheating, which some would do anyway in spite of using a slab mold and putting in the fridge, etc... Since mixing the honey in the cooled-off lye water, all of those annoyances have disappeared for me and I can use an insulated log mold and let it go through complete gel in a gently warm place without fear.
Thanks for this tip, IrishLass. I decided to try honey in my brothers BlackSmith soap instead of sugar and to use your method. It sure is a dark burnt orange color. I wouldn't mind if it stayed that way, but since I added Dragon's Blood FO, maybe it will end up close to that shade. We shall see.
One caveat on this method, which I have no problem with BTW, is to use caution in spite of the fact that others have had no problems mixing the dissolved honey into the lye. Still make sure it is fully cooled down and still add it slowly and still use a tall container for your lye solution in case it does start to roil. And still have a cool water bath ready just in case. I didn't and got a volcano yesterday. I had to make a new lye batch today, of course taking all those precautions and it never heated up at all today. But yesterday, I added the dissolved honey too fast, I guess, or it wasn't cooled down enough (or both) and the container wasn't tall enough to contain the heating up solution and it did volcano. Of course I had no cool water bath ready, so after an unknown amount of my lye solution spilled out into the sink, I had to toss it all out (ran gallons of water after it of course.)