Basic Cold Process Beer Soap Recipe

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4oz. Castor oil
23oz. Coconut oil
23oz. Palm oil
4oz. Shea Butter
4oz. Soybean oil

22oz. very flat beer
8.5oz. Lye


Follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions, adding your choice of fragrance or essential oils at trace. Be careful adding the lye to the beer as even with flat beer, the mixture can volcano over. I suggest adding the lye slowly, a little bit at a time with a rest period in between.

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  1. Love this! How big of a batch does this make? In pounds. I’m asking so I know what size of mold to use. Thank you!!

  2. i would like to know same question as above

  3. can you sub Olive oil for the castor oil or soybean oil?

  4. You can sub oils but you will need to run it back through a lye calc in order to adjust your lye and water amounts.