This Beer Soap is made with homemade Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Beer. If you ever wanted to try some of Steve’s home made beer, here’s one way to sample it:
Description of Bramble Berry Oatmeal Stout Fragrance: This is a full bodied and smooth beer fragrance blended with Creamy Oatmeal, Orange Peel, Butterscotch, Farm-fresh Milk, Nutty Almond and Rich Vanilla. CP: accelerates trace & discolors to dark brown; 7.7% Vanilla.
Why Colloidal Oatmeal? Why Beer?
Colloidal Oatmeal is a micro-fine, ground oatmeal and is one of the most gentle exfoliants you can use. It’s a great additive for those with extra dry skin and is used to alleviate itchiness. It’s also known for it’s soothing properties and has all the benefits of oatmeal without the scratchiness. It also makes skin feel smooth & refreshing.
Beer is great for your skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. I used a home made Chocolate Oatmeal Stout beer, with alcohol cooked out and frozen.
Use 3 lb silicone mold, 52 oz: 49 oz batter + 3 oz embed
Use white moon tube embed with gold mica painted and dusted on.
Leftovers for personal bars.
Master batch Oils #11: 40 oz Oils (Makes 56 oz soap)
MB Oils: 40 oz/ 1134 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.71 oz / 162 grams
Frozen Oatmeal Stout Beer: (2.2 oz disc/ 16.6%): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Colloidal Oatmeal (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Carrot Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
52 oz Batter/Color/3 oz FO:
22 oz Natural (will discolor dark brown), 2 oz FO
18 oz Natural (will discolor dark brown), 1 oz FO
5.5 oz light brown (TD White), no FO, use about 3 oz
5.5 oz Orange-brown (TD & Neon Orange), no FO, use about 3 oz
5.5 oz medium brown, (some TD) no FO, use about 3 oz
3 oz moon embed, painted & dusted with gold mica
Pour 22 oz batter.
Drop swirl & hanger swirl unscented batter.
Add moon embed, pour rest of scented batter.
Top with gold, silver, bronze mica oils.
I cooked out the alcohol and froze the beer a week before. (Moon tube embed was pre-made with CP soap.) I used 100% concentrated frozen beer (after defrosting for 10 minutes), and combined both the lye liquid & oils at 90F, stick blending briefly (using an immersion blender). With beer – especially concentrated beer – it emulsifies quickly and can accelerate, so I had to work fast.
The beer was so dark, even with the lighter oils mixed in it looked like liquid chocolate. I had originally planned to leave it all like that, but then thought a few swirls inside might be nice.
I colored the soaps to swirl, and added about 2 oz of FO to 22 oz of batter, stirred thoroughly & swiftly, then poured into mold. I immediately adding some of the colored batters & did a hanger swirl. (The fragrance also accelerates, hence the reason for splitting up the batter.)
I placed the CP moon embed (which was painted & dusted with gold mica) to one side in the mold. The rest of the FO was added to 18 oz of batter, briskly stirred & poured over the moon. I then drizzled gold, silver, & bronze mica oils on top & swirled, putting the loaf into the refrigerator to prevent overheating of the beer.
I wanted some batter to make a couple soaps for my Sweetie Pie, and I had the perfect amount left over.
When un-molding the next day (about 28 hours after making it), the dark chocolate brown had turned to a milk-chocolate color.
As difficult as it was, I waited several days to cut this soap because my moon embed was fully cured and I didn’t want it to tear the soap around it. The cut was successful and just one day latter, the fragrance discolored every bar a dark brown:
Although the gold around the moon doesn’t show up in these photos, you can see a faint hint of it in the soap – obviously next time I need to put on a thicker coating to make it more prominent.
As the soap has cured, the stark bright white of the moon has gotten creamier in color, due to the vanillin in the fragrance seeping in from the soap around it. (To avoid this in the future, I would need to use a little Vanilla Stabilizer in the moon embed.) Although the moon doesn’t pop as much, the cream color goes well with the rest of the design. Also, the lighter colored swirls are muting a bit – adding Vanilla Stabilizer into these would keep them brighter.
I have made Oatmeal Stout Beer soap before – you can see some pictures here. You can also see some really “rustic” Pumpkin Lager beer soap here (which gives you an idea of how fast beer can accelerate in soap.)