The winter months are a slower time in the land of the fae and I get to do a bit more playing.
I picked up a private label gig for round soaps and as a result I had to get molds to work. I got them, made round soap and great and groovy eh.
Now I have these molds for round soap. I decided to make a soap for moi (and you) and that allowed me time to play. So, I decided that since i live in Beer City, USA aka Asheville NC, that I should make a soap with some local beer. I also wanted to use bentonite clay to help enhance the lather to make it dense and really nice for those who are wanting a soap for shaving (although I have many who use my regular bars for shaving also).
I’ve tried in the past and I got a big ol’ mess. Beer has to be super cold and super flat or you get a volcano reaction when you add the lye.
So this soap has been in the works for a while. I knew the brew I wanted to use: Asheville Brewing Company’s Shiva IPA. It was the beer I had at my wedding reception and it’s good nommy stuff, mon. It is an Asheville Favorite. Plus, the name is cool. Love it.
Anyway, I got 2 growlers worth (a gallon) and let it sit out, open for a looooong time. Then I weighed out the beer, put in the freezer til it was a slushy consistency. Added the lye slowly to the beer and let it do it’s thang.
Then I made the soap, added clay to it, just ’cause and scented it with lavender, lime, patchouli and cedar wood. Brought it to trace (thick emulsion) and poured it in my new nifty round molds (3 inch pvc).
I’ve got it on our website ready to go and feedback is really positive. I hope it goes well, I’d love to add it to our regular line because I personally LOVE it.
If you have tried it, let me know what you think!