Friday, April 27, 2012


A beer lover's dream come true! Beer soap is a wonderful cleansing and moisturizing bar.
 BEER IS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN!! It has been used for thousands of years (since the  Egyptians) to freshen the skin and reduce the risk of skin conditions and scientific studies have confirmed that beer sediment (brewer's yeast) can help improve the symptoms of acne by slowing down sebum production and killing off the bacteria that triggers acne. This component of beer, an inactive yeast that no longer has leavening power, helps maintain a balanced pH level in the skin.

Since beer is made primarily with hops, the properties and benefits of this herb become part of the soap. Hops are known to sooth irritated skin and contain skin softening amino acids. Takes relaxing with beer to a whole different level doesn't it?

Beer soap is easy, you just replace all or part of your water with cold flat beer.

let the beer sit out and put it in the fridge until it is really flat.

With beer and wine it is really important to make sure it is flat and all the alcohol is evaporated because it will heat up if not done.

 If you want to keep it a lighter color and keep some of the natural beer fragrance then do not allow it to go into gel. Instead as soon as you pour into your mold put it into the freezer. After a day or so I take it out, thaw it, and then cut it and set it to cure for at least 6 weeks.

You can use any one of your favorite soap recipes in making beer soap. Just remember to make sure the beer is flat and cold. Use an extra large bowl and pour in the lye slowly – otherwise it will bubble up and may overflow the bowl.

Here is a really easy recipe if this is your first attempt:

Single recipe                              Double recipe
3 lbs. Crisco (1 can)                                      96oz. Crisco (3cans)
6 oz. lye                                                              12oz. Lye
12 oz. water                                                      24oz. Water


Suzy Homefaker's recipe :
24 oz. coconut oil                                                                             
24 oz. olive oil           
38 oz. Crisco              
32 oz. FLAT BEER     
12 oz. lye                       

*any fragrance or dye of your choice..I used 2 T. honey , pumpkin pie spice and some fresh orange zest. Place  your lye pitcher inside of a roasting pan or in the sink to mix it. That way, if it does bubble over, the lye solution won’t go onto the counter or floor.

Some things to know before you start...
  1. Make sure that your liquid is chilled before mixing the lye into it. (This isn’t a bad idea even if just using plain water.) 
  2. Work in an area that has very good ventilation. The fumes from the mixture will be heavy and foul smelling.
  3. If you’re working with a carbonated beverage, like beer, make sure that it is completely flat. Leave it out on the counter for several days, stirring often. Remember, absolutely, completely flat.
  4. If you're using a liquid that contains alcohol and/or a high sugar content, you may want to do a small-batch test first. Sometimes the alcohol and/or sugar content can do odd things in the soap batch. At the very least, it's going to make the gel stage VERY hot! Don't insulate these batches - they'll cook quite well on their own.
  5. Work very slowly, especially if this is the first time you’ve used this particular liquid in your soap. Add the lye slowly. Stir slowly.
Melt/heat the Crisco in a enamel pan and place on stove to melt and heat.
Place cold water in a glass bowl and slowly add lye while stirring with a wooden. Stir until water is clear if you can.
When the Crisco and lye are warm to the touch, pour lye into Crisco while stirring. Keep stirring until you get trace.
Trace is when it thickens to the point where you can drop some of the mix back in to itself and it leaves a trail. At this point use any herbs, scent, or coloring and stir and pour mold(s). This recipe fits nicely in a bread pan lined with plastic wrap container, but other containers, such as pringles cans or specialty soap molds work just fine, too.
Put molds in a warm, insulated place, let set 24 hours and then cut. Place on to rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks.

This soap will be great for shaving and moisturizing the skin, and because of the sugar in the beer, it will bubble like crazy

Who hasn't grabbed a bottle of beer and jumped into the shower? 

Well now you can lather with your lager with these one of a kind beer soaps!

It can also function as a shampoo bar and beer is great for your hair!

Freshly brewed and right off the tap into the soap for a rich, creamy lather and a full bodied soap. 

As a Shampoo Bar: beer is rich in amino acids that coat and repair each strand of hair. The proteins and Vitamin B are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body and volume to hair. Mineral rich malt and barley preserve hydration, tightens the hair's cuticles for enhanced shine and luster. Hops and yeast help treat scalp irritations such as dandruff and psoriasis.

Don't you worry, you will not smell like you just bathed in a bottle of beer, you will just feel the added benefits and your skin will thank you! There is no alcohol left in our soap after the process.

This soap has a sweet and spicy aroma that is both calming, and invigorating. 

 Make a frothy head on the soap by making the the recipe below for a  pure white head, and a clear fragrance if desired...

Crisco               1 1/2 cups
Coconut oil    1 1/2 cups
Lye                     1/3 cup
Water               1 cup


1 can Crisco
2/3 cups Lye
2 cups water

Whip up the harder oils till they are soft and fluffy with a stand or hand held mixer, then add the softer oils and whip it up again. The mix may look a little soft but  lastly add the 'chilled' caustic soda/water mix slowly and carefully. Slow the mixer down to add this and add in small amounts.  The soft mix will firm up again after adding the caustic soda/water mix. Give it a good whipping again then its ready to colour and fragrance.Spread on the top of previously poured  soap mixture , and make a "head " by carefully  swirling a rubber spatula through only the white (top) layer.Or if you want to get extra fancy, put it through a pastry tube after cutting, and pipe the head on individually.I've shown you both ways ....

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adding cooled lye water very slowly!

I added some coarse sugar for a sparkle, and also a great exfoliate 

Pastry bag piped head  after cutting soap with a ridged cutter

This is slathered n before cutting soap
Allow your finished soap to set in the mold for about 24 hours. Remove and cut with a wire. Standard soap cutters and knives tend to break pieces off as you cut. Cure this soap for about 4 weeks before selling.

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Disclaimer — The recipes in this post reflect  my own methods of soap making . I cannot personally guarantee the success or results of any of the recipes included in this blog. If you are new to soap making, familiarize yourself with basic soapmaking and lye safety procedures before trying any of the recipes. It is a good idea to run any recipe through the lye calculator first.~Suzy