I love to make soap. My husband loves to brew beer. So, we decided to join forces and make some beer soap – which was inspired by a recipe I stumbled across on a blog by Offbeat+Inspired (www.offbeatandinspired.com = totes awesome blog). I used the cold process technique, which is outlined in my Candy Cane Peppermint Soap Post.
- 595 grams olive oil
- 284 grams jojoba oil
- 142 grams macadamia nut oil
- 340 grams coconut oil
- 85 grams castor oil
- 255 grams palm oil
- 227 grams lye
- 539 grams dark beer (I used my husband’s version of a dark malt/chocolate bock)
- Grapefruit/lemon/& orange essential oils – 22grams of each
It is very important that the beer you use is completely flat/no carbonation whatsoever before adding the lye – otherwise it can erupt and cause serious burns.
I left the beer out for 24 hours, and then gave it another good stir before adding the lye. I melted my hard oils, waited until both lye water and oils reached 110 degrees and then combined using my stick blender. Once at light trace, I added:
- citrus essential oils
- 3 tablespoons ground dark malted barley (for extra-exfoliation)
- 3 tablespoons of honey (humectant/moisturizing properties
The end result yielded about 18 bars of beautiful soap that smell AH-MAZING. I have to remind my husband that he has to wait a few weeks before the soap is ready to be used… but I can’t blame him for being excited!