Mead Soap

Mead Soap
Batch DateJanuary 13, 2018

Primary Ingredients

IngredientQuantityPercentageSaponification ValueKOH Addition (Grams)NaOH Addition (Grams)
Beeswax0.96 ouncesCalculating...0.094
Coconut Oil (76 deg)9.6 ouncesCalculating...0.257
Lard, Pig Tallow (Manteca)9.6 ouncesCalculating...0.198
Olive Oil8.64 ouncesCalculating...0.19
Sunflower Oil3.2 ouncesCalculating...0.189

Mead (Honey Wine)12.16 ounces
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)128.7 grams

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Special Ingredients

2 teaspoons sodium lactate, 4 teaspoons Indian healing clay powder (calcium bentonite), 1 teaspoon hardwood activated charcoal powder, 1.2 oz. blackberry sage cybilla fragrance oil, .5 oz. apple sage fragrance oil, and show mead (fermented honey wine).


Pour the mead into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. After boiling for 10 minutes place in freezer to chill until partially frozen. Note additional mead will be required due to boil off or distilled water can be used to bring the liquid solution up to 12.16 ounces. Slowly combine lye and mead until lye is fully dissolved. Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye water mixture. Add the lye water to the oils and bring to a trace. Stir in the fragrance and colorant into the oil (dividing the batch into equal amounts of tan and black colored soap). Swirl colors in the bowl and pour into mold. Release the soap from the mold and let cure for 4 weeks before using.

Batch Notes

The boiled mead was partially frozen when combined with lye. It darkened a lot due to the caramelizing sugars, but did not cause any issues with the soap tracing. The tan clay was added to the entire batch, while the charcoal powder was added to just half the batch.