Lathering up with Beer Soaps

Beer SoapsBeer in soap? The initial thought may seem a little odd, but after a little explanation it makes perfect sense. You won’t step out of the shower smelling like a brewery, and there’s not actually any alcohol in the soap so you don’t have to worry about hiding the soap from the kids!


Hops soothe irritated skin and contain skin softening amino acids Beer also helps create creamy, foamy bubbles.

There is no alcohol left in the soap because I cook the alcohol out. You also won’t find the smell of beer although there is sometimes a soft aroma of hops, grains, malts and extracts. I also add essential oils that compliment the particular beers used.

To make beer soap, I simply cook down the beer, then freeze it. Typically in the first phase of soap making you would mix distilled water with lye, but in beer soaps I replace the water with beer ice cubes. Beer mixed with lye can overheat and burn which is why I freeze it first. Once the beer is mixed with the lye well, I make the soap just like any other batch.


If you are new to my products, you may not know about my commitment to ingredient purity. Unlike traditional store bought soaps, my soaps contain no harsh detergents and have natural glycerin which is a byproduct of the soapmaking process. In store bought soaps, glycerin is removed and sold separately or used in other products.

In addition, I only use high quality, pure essential oils to fragrance my soaps (and other products) instead of synthetic fragrance/perfume oils. I only use natural colorants such as clays, herbs and botanicals so you will not find oxides, micas or any other man-made colors in my products. There are no added chemicals, just pure oils, butters, botanicals, clays and skin-loving ingredients.

With my soaps, I strive to formulate a variety of recipes to please different skin types. My goal is not that you use and enjoy these soaps, not just have soaps to display in your bathroom. You will find that cold process soaps last longer than traditional soaps as long as you keep them dry between uses.


Photo courtesy of Triple C Brewing Co.

Photo courtesy of Triple C Brewing Co.

Like all the other ingredients in my soap, the beer I chose to use is a fantastic, quality product full of great ingredients. Triple C Brewing Company is a local Charlotte, NC craft brewery, and I am always interested in using local ingredients in my products and supporting other small businesses. You can visit their taproom at 2900 Griffith St. Charlotte, NC 28203 where they always have great events going on. In addition to finding their beer in my soaps, you can also find their beers at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe or Pure Pizza both located at the 7th Street Public Market where my full-time space is located.


Online Golden CitrusCitrus Beer Soap makes a wonderful shampoo bar or body bar. This is the bar that I personally use as shampoo instead of traditional shampoos. Avocado oil and Shea butter make this a great moisturizing shampoo bar.

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of (Olive, Avocado, Shea Butter, Coconut & Castor) Triple C Golden Boy Beer, Essential Oils of Tangerine, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon and Litsea Cubeba

online Smoked AmberSmoked Amber Triple C Beer Soap has a nice, smoky, manly scent that goes along well with the scent of the actual Smoked Amber Beer. The ground oats add a nice exfoliation, and the clay and cocoa powder also add great cleansing properties.

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of (Olive, Organic Sustainable Palm, Coconut & Castor) Triple C Smoked Amber Beer, Old Fashioned Oats, Cocoa Powder, White Kaolin Clay, Essential Oils of Cedarwood & Orange

Shave SoapsBeer Shave Soaps are making a comeback. Many guys are going back to the traditional use of safety razors and shave brushes and soaps. Many guys find that they have less break outs when they make the switch to shave soaps from shaving cream.

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of (Olive, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut & Castor) Triple C Golden Boy Beer, Bentonite Clay, Essential Oils of Bay & Bergamot (or Unscented)

Online Tea Tree, Lemongrass & HoneyHoney, Tea Tree & Lemongrass Triple C Beer Soap – Honey is a humectant (draws moisture to the skin) which makes this a really nice moisturizing bar. Tea tree oil and Lemongrass are both anti-bacterial and odor cutting so this is cleansing while still moisturizing.

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of (Olive, Organic Sustainable Palm, Coconut & Castor), Triple C Golden Boy Beer, Local Raw Honey, Essential Oils of Tea Tree & Lemongrass

Online Road to NowhereRoad to Nowhere Triple C Beer Soap is made with one of my favorite recipes. The cocoa butter makes this a moisturizing bar with stable lather that lasts a long time. I added no essential oils to this one so this is great for anyone with sensitivities. You can smell the hops a little and the chocolate a bit. Chocolate is also great for skin!

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of (Olive, Organic Sustainable Palm, Cocoa Butter, Coconut, Sweet Almond & Castor) Triple C Road to Nowhere Beer, White Kaolin Clay, Unsweetened Chocolate



The 7th Street Public Market – This is where you can find me Tuesday – Sunday so my largest selections will always be located at the market!

The Boulevard at South End – One of my favorite stores to shop at, and you can find lots of other local artisan’s work here! I generally stop by to restock The Boulevard on Mondays so their selection of beer soaps and other products is usually up to date. This is a store you need to check out if you live in Charlotte! I love shopping for gifts, unique clothing and jewelry at The Boulevard.

My Etsy Store has all my latest beer soaps and other products. I will continue to add different fragrances and experiment with different beers so check back for other selections!


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About Toni South

I am a mom who has become a fanatic about handmade bath and beauty products after much research into the toxic chemicals that I was surrounding myself with. I am striving to educate others as I learn myself. I'm an experimenter, learner and teacher!

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