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Making Beer Soap

As small batch soap makers we often wonder, “Hey….can I make soap out of that?” Fruit purees, essential oils, dried herbs, and teas are all amazing in a bar of handcrafted soap but what about trying one with beer? Inspired by the approaching warm weather, long days in the garden and of course the upcoming Irish holiday St Patrick’s day, we decided to create a bar of soap with one of our favorite pale ales!

To make handcrafted soap you only need 3 things…water, fats and lye. So for our beer soap we simply swapped out the water for beer after boiling out the alcohol and allowing the ale to go flat. After that it is business as usual and we pour our batch just like we would any other.

The finished and cured soaps carry the properties and subtle aroma of the beer’s hops and grains, which can soothe and moisturize sensitive skin. The sugars in beer also create a more bubbly frothy lather. And we promise you won’t step out of the shower smelling like a stale pint of ale. For this batch we chose a refreshing blackberry sage scent perfect for springtime. So go ahead and take your beer into the shower!



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