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Honey and Lanolin Soap

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Many people do not wish to learn the intricacies of homemade soapmaking, but like the idea of unique, handmade soaps that are tailor-made just for them. If this sounds like you, there is an alternative - with just a little time and effort, you can safely make your own personalised soaps in your own kitchen. Here is a simple soap recipe that can easily be adapted to suit your taste.

You will need:

500g grated unscented soap
500ml spring water
25ml lanolin
25ml honey
5ml essential oil of choice

Slow cooker
6-8 soap moulds
non-stick cooking spray


Place the soap in the crock of a slow cooker. Add the spring water and mix though until absorbed into the soap. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the heat to medium. Leave the mixture to melt down, checking on it every few minutes - this can take up to 45 minutes. While the soap is cooking, spray the moulds with the cooking spray. When the soap mixture is smooth and creamy, stir in the lanolin and honey. Remove from the heat and add the essential oil, stirring thoroughly. Keep stirring until the mixture has cooled sufficiently to become a thick paste.

Spoon the mixture into the greased moulds, pressing down with the back of your spoon to ensure there are no air bubbles. Leave overnight to set. Next day, place the moulds into the freezer and leave for one hour. Remove the moulds from the freezer, and let stand for a few minutes before flipping the soaps out of their moulds. Place on a wire rack and leave to cure for two weeks - this is to allow some of the water to evaporate, and the soap to firm up.


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