I learned I should be prepared for some extra heat because of the sugar in the honey, so I didn't attempt to gel the soap - it went straight into the fridge for 24 hours. Lining my loaf mold and topping it with bubble wrap gave me the look I was hoping to achieve. The soap is free of any colorants, and scented with "Honey and Shea" from WSP. I've used this fo in candles before, but it really comes alive in CP soap. If you close your eyes and smell these soap bars, you get the vision of a big goey slab of honeycomb glistening in the sunshine - I love it! It does have some vanilla content, so I'm expecting some darkening from the golden hue you see here when it was cut. I'm hoping the scent will hold up and stay strong - I can't wait to see the final results after the cure!
I feel confident enough now to move forward with a triple batch of this recipe to complete the order..! BTW - I'd gratefully accept any tips from other soapy friends on working with a larger batch like this that could heat up, Wish me luck - and have a great weekend!