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John Harris

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This is probably a beginner's question so I will put it here.

I'm going to make some OMH soap soon.

I am wondering what percentage of honey I should add.
Also, when to add.
And, any special info I should know?
 

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Is this for melt and pour? I'm of the belief that additives like oils and foods should not be used in mp.
If its for CP, I thin the honey down with a little water then add it to the cold lye solution. The honey will heat the lye mix back up. If it gets too hot, let it cool back down a little.
 

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For cp soap, the guidelines I’ve read here on SMF are in the range of 1 tsp to 1 tbs ppo (25 g). I made a nice soap a few months ago using honey at the higher end. If you want to avoid the possibility of overheating, you can add the thinned honey to your cooled lye water.

 

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There’s also this thread with discussion about what happens when you add the honey to the lye:

 

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I would use about 1 teaspoon ppo. Too much honey can cause overheating.
 

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I am wondering what percentage of honey I should add.
Also, when to add.
And, any special info I should know?
I add honey to most of my soaps. (I am a beekeeper, so feel it's somewhat expected anyway.) I stick with the lower end, 1 teaspoon ppo. The only soaps I don't add honey to already have sugars - beer and kombucha.
 

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i like honey in soap and use more ppo

slowly add thinned honey to cool lye

a teaspoon ppo makes a noticeable difference
a tablespoon ppo is very nice in a solid recipe

special info
add honey too fast to the lye and the honey will scorch and volcano
(this makes a very nice caramel scented soap with unfortunate brown lather)

honey to excess
makes a soft recipe softer and a firm recipe rubbery
 

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