I’ve seen a lot of soapers using various liquids in place of the distilled water in their soaps. This week I decided to try soaping with beer. After doing some research I realized this is considered an advance technique. While I am not an advanced soaper, I decided, why not give it a try. Adding beer to your soap isn’t as easy as swapping out distilled water and adding beer. A few more steps are required.
First thing Since my husband and I are beer drinkers, we had plenty of beers to chose from.
I opened the bottle and let it sit for about 24 hours. I then boiled it for 10 – 15 minutes. After that, I measured what I needed and placed it into the freezer. Once it was somewhat frozen, I added the lye and as you can see below it heated up quickly! I can only imagine how hot it would have been it I started at room temperature.
I waited for this to get under 120 degrees before soaping (in the future, I’ll do this the night before and wait until the lye mixture is in the 70’s).
I added my warm lye mixture to the oils and butters, made a pretty color.
I then added beer fragrance from Nature’s Garden.
I then poured about a third of my oil/butter combo into a container and added Mad Oil’s Enchanted Green mica.
I had envisioned a natural colored soap with green swirls, I had imagined hanger swirls. After mixing the green mica into the oils, I went back to the natural color and that’s where my smile turned upside down.
It all seized!!
I smashed it, as best I could into the mold. Not being 100% sure what to do with the top, I just grabbed a fork and added lines.
I unmolded after 24 hours.
I had planned to keep this soap and not give it to anyone. I mean, can you blame me, she is far from attractive. After slicing, I took a bar and placed by the kitchen sink. That same day, my son used the bar and said, “Hey, that ugly bar is nice!” I tried and it is was really nice. It lathered quickly and the lather felt extremely creamy. Once I rinsed my hands felt perfect! After a few more weeks, I tried a bar in the shower. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised. Again, it provided a rich creamy lather. While showering the beer smell was pretty strong. Once out of the shower, we did not smell like beer and our skin felt super soft and smooth. I will definitely be using this recipe again!
Since she is not the prettiest, I will be giving this ugly bar to friends and family, with a note to give her a try. If you would like to purchase a bar via paypal for $4.00 + shipping & handling, please send me an email CheriesApothecary@gmail.com.