How to Make Bees Wax Soap

Updated February 21, 2017

Although beeswax is typically added to lotions and creams, it can also be used in natural, handmade soaps. Because beeswax can cause soaps to become more solid than normal, it is important to balance this by also using coconut oil and shea butter, which help create a softer, lather-rich soap.

Place 113gr. of pure beeswax into an empty coffee can, and place it into the top of a double boiler. Fill the bottom of a double boiler halfway with water. Heat the double boiler over medium heat until the beeswax melts. Pour in 473ml. of coconut oil, 473ml. of olive oil, and 284gr. of shea butter. Measure the temperature of the mixture with a meat thermometer.

Put on protective eyewear and gloves. Fill a glass jar with 473ml. of water, and carefully pour in 227gr. of lye. Avoid breathing in the caustic fumes. Measure the temperature of the lye water with a meat thermometer. Once both the lye water and the oil mixture reaches 37.8 degrees C, pour them both into a stock pot. Add in 1 tsp of essential oil. Stir the mixture well for 30 minutes until it becomes thick.

Pour the entire mixture into a rectangular soap mould with the dimensions of 3 inches wide by 3 inches tall by 16 inches long. Leave the mixture in the mould for at least 6 weeks in order for the soap to cure. Curing the soap allows the lye to be usable on the skin, and will create a harder, lathery soap. After six weeks, remove the soap from the mould, and cut it into sections with a sharp knife.

Things You'll Need

  • 113gr. beeswax
  • Double boiler
  • Empty coffee can
  • 473ml. coconut oil
  • 473ml. olive oil
  • 284gr. shea butter
  • 1 tsp essential oil
  • 2 meat thermometers
  • 227gr. lye
  • 473ml. water
  • Glass jar
  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective gloves
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rectangular soap mould
  • Sharp knife
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