Beer Soap Recipe

A soap recipe that uses beer in place of water is wonderful because of the rich lather the beer produces in soap.

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This homemade soap recipe is made with Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale (though any beer will do), all vegetable oils and is palm oil free.

Citrus scents blend particularly well in beer soap so I scented it with sweet orange, lemongrass, palmarosa and litsae cubeba essential oils.

Be sure to read the instructions through before attempting this recipe as it requires some initial preparation a day or two before you make the soap.

Beer Soap Recipe

Have some fun experimenting with different types of beer. Ale, Lager, Stout and Malt will all produce soaps with different looks.

Add in the fact that those types of beer also come in different styles such as amber, dark, honey, cream and blonde to name a few and you've got endless possibilities for fun experimentation with handmade beer soap!

Beer Soap Recipe Ingredients

Avocado Oil  -  180 gr.  |  6.35 oz.  |  20%

Coconut Oil  -  270 gr.  |  9.5 oz.  |  30%

Castor Oil  -  45 gr.  |  1.59 oz.  |  5%

Olive Oil  -  270 gr.  |  9.52 oz.  |  30%

Shea Butter  -  135 gr.  |  4.76 oz.  |  15%

Flat Beer  -  326.07 gr.  |  11.5 oz.  

Lye  -  126.28 gr.  |  4.5 oz.

Beer as % of Oils = 36.23

Super Fat/Discount = 5%

Optional Additives

Orris Root Powder  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Carrot Root Powder  -  1 Tbsp. (15 ml)

Sweet Orange E/O  -  3 tsp. (15 ml)

Lemongrass E/O  -  3 tsp. (15 ml)

Palmarosa E/O  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Litsae Cubeba E/O  -  1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)

Beer Soap Recipe Instructions

  • For basic instructions on how to make homemade soap, visit the 'How to Make Soap' page and then follow the directions below to make this Beer Soap.

  • A couple of days before making the soap, gently heat the beer until it reaches the boiling point and remove from heat. Place in a jar and loosely cap with a lid. Put the jar in the fridge for a couple of days or until it is no longer carbonated (no more bubbles).
  • Using the beer instead of water, make the soap as usual following the directions for your preferred soap method.
  • Add the essential oils, orris root powder and the carrot root powder when the soap is at a light trace and blend in well.
  • Pour the soap into the mould when a medium to thick trace is reached.
  • Insulate the soap as you usually would and cut it once it has cooled and is hard enough to handle. 

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