Beer Soap Recipe with Chamomile & Neroli (Plus Helpful Soap Making Tips)

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Learn how to make this homemade beer soap recipe with real beer using the cold process soap making method. Plus discover soap making tips and tricks for working with beer, or even wine, to avoid a potential mishap. (Ask me how I know…) Keep reading to learn more!

DIY Natural Homemade Chamomile and Neroli Cold Process Beer Soap Recipe - And lessons in soapmaking.

Working with Beer When Making Soap

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I don’t recommend starting with my beer soap recipe until you have a little experience under your belt. (To learn how to make homemade cold process soap from scratch go here.) Beer can be tricky. And I know. Years ago, when attempting to make homemade cold process beer soap for the first time, I had a minor disaster. I did like everyone said and let my beer go flat. However, I’m not sure it was really flat enough. That and lye just reacts differently to beer than it does with water regardless if it’s still carbonated or not.

I started out making my beer soap recipe like any other cold process soap recipe. I began by pouring my lye into the beer, a little at a time. I’d mix it, wait then pour a little more lye into the beer. Everything seemed to be going well. So (my lack of patience showing here) I dumped the remainder of the lye into the beer and stirred. What happened next was not what I’d expected. And I was completely unprepared.

My beer and lye mixture for my beer soap recipe volcanoed. It literally sprang to life like a water fountain being turned back on after a long winter.

There I was, mixing the lye with the beer on my stove top (exhaust fan running) and BOOM! The beer and lye went everywhere. It ran off my flat glass stovetop, down the front of the appliance and onto the floor. There were pools of lye and beer everywhere. And it was kind of terrifying.

I grabbed kitchen towels and threw them on top of the beer and lye. As they were a cotton/polyester blend, the heat from the lye actually caused the towels to melt slightly. I was super freak out, as you can imagine. And so, I didn’t attempt another beer soap recipe for a very long time.

Tips for Making A Beer Soap Recipe

By sharing this, my hope is that you’ll learn from my mistakes so you can avoid a repeat of my soap making disaster.  Making beer soap doesn’t have to be scary, you just have to be smart about it. Here are my tips to help ensure success when replicating my homemade beer soap recipe.

1. Have a gallon of vinegar on hand just in case. This isn’t for your skin as you should flush skin with water if it comes into contact with lye. Rather it’s going to help with clean up in case disaster strikes you have a minor oops.

2. Think your beer is flat? Give it an extra day or two just in case. (I gave this batch a week in an large glass measuring cup and kept it covered in the fridge.) Keeping the beer cold will also help prevent the lye from quickly overheating and in turn lead to a volcano effect.

3. Either mix the lye with the beer outside or in a sink just to be safe. This will maintain the integrity of your kitchen towels. (Yeah, mine were toast.)

4.) Practice a little patience. Pour the lye into your beer in small increments, stirring after each pour. Don’t do what I did and dump all of it in at once.

Ready to brave your first homemade beer soap recipe? You’ve got this!

Homemade Beer Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9 oz. olive oil
8 oz. rice bran oil
3 oz. castor oil
7 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil
1.8 oz. illipe butter

12 fluid oz. beer, of choice
4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.75 oz. neroli fragrance oil (or .75 oz. neroli essential oil)
.25 oz. Roman chamomile essential oil (3% dilution)
.1 oz. chamomile flowers

Beer Soap Recipe Notes:

I scented this homemade beer soap with a blend of neroli and chamomile. As I was using a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, my beer soap recipe wasn’t really going to have much of a fragrance to it anyway. You can leave your beer soap unscented or substitute with your favorite fragrance or essential oils.

Instructions:

This recipe will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds and yield 10-12 bars depending on how they are cut.

Follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for making this soap, using very flat, cold beer. Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the lye and slowly pour into the beer a little at a time, stirring after each pour. Repeat until all lye has been mixed with the beer then set aside to cool.

While the beer/lye mixture cools, weigh out the soapmaking oils and illipe butter into a stainless steel pot on the stove and heat over medium heat until all the oils have melted, then remove from heat.

Once the oils and beer/lye have cooled to around 90-95°F you can begin making soap. Pour the beer/lye into the soapmaking oil and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Stir in the fragrances and chamomile flowers and combine thoroughly, the pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Cover and insulate your soap for 24 hours, then unmold and cut into bars. Allow to cure 4-6 weeks before use.

If you like my homemade beer soap recipe, then be sure to repin it for later.

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Natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe

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Most men probably care about their skin a lot less than women do, but that doesn’t men the appearance of their skin doesn’t matter to them. They’re just a lot less likely to complain about those bad skin days or let us know about it in general. So I crafted a fabulous homemade detox soap recipe for the men – and the boy! – in my life, that you can also create for the men and teens in your own life!

This natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe comes with free printable labels for gifting to your favorite guy!

Made with natural French green clay which nourishes skin with minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, the clay in this homemade detox soap recipe also help to removes impurities within skin and even shrink pores. There’s also a strip of activated charcoal which is believed to detoxify skin and naturally absorb odors.

To top it all off, this soap is scented with The Perfect Man fragrance oil. This fragrance oil gives this detox soap recipe soap a wonderfully classic men’s scent comprised of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine with a hint of peppermint which is then layered on natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense. My boyfriend really loved the scent of this finished soap.

Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe for Men with Free Printable Labels for Gifting

Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

11 oz. pomace olive oil
10 oz. rice bran oil
6 oz. refined coconut oil
5.4 oz. sustainable palm oil
2.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.6 oz. camelina seed oil

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. sodium hydroxide (lye)

At trace:
1/8 teaspoon chromium oxide green pigment powder
2 Tablespoons French green clay
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
2 oz. The Perfect Man fragrance oil

Instructions:

This men’s homemade detox soap recipe will fit into one of my wooden loaf soap molds {learn how to make your own} or into a silicone loaf soap mold and will yield approximately 10-12 4.3-5 oz. bars depending on how they are cut. You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions as well as take all necessary safety precautions when creating this soap.

Start by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water and place into a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the lye, then stir into the distilled water until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and shea butter and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and melt at medium heat until all ingredients have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils are cooling, line your soap mold (unless you are using a silicone loaf soap mold which does not need to be lined) and measure out the activated charcoal into a small container. In a second container measure out the clay and pigment color and set aside. And finally, in a third container, measure out the fragrance oil and set aside.

I mixed this soap at around 110 degrees F as I wanted a slightly faster trace since I was creating two layers and needed the bottom layer to set up slightly before I poured on the top layer. The fragrance oil I used did not seem to accelerate trace even at this temperature and does not discolor the final product. I started by first pouring the lye-water into the liquified soapmaking oils and mixing with an immersion/stick blender until a light trace was reached. I then mixed in the fragrance oil and stirred until thoroughly incorporated. Next, I poured 1/3 of the soap into the mold, then tapped to even the soap along the bottom of the mold.

Next, slowly sprinkle the activated charcoal evenly along the layer of soap you just poured and set aside.

With the remaining soap still in the pot, stir in the green clay and pigment and mix well with your immersion/stick blender. Then slowly and evenly pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer and the activated charcoal. Once all of the soap is in the mold, you can use a knife to even out the top 3/4 of the soap. I generally run the knife back and forth along the width of the mold all the way down so that the knife only goes about halfway down into the soap to evenly distribute the soap from front to back, then run the knife back and forth lengthwise until my desired look is achieved. At that point you can also tap the mold on a hard surface to help release any remaining air bubbles if desired. Then cover your mold and insulate for twenty-four hours.

After the insulation period, unmold your soap and cut into bars. {Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter.} Set bars in a cool, dry location to cure for 3-6 weeks before use.

This natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe comes with free printable labels for gifting to your favorite guy on special occasions or just because!

Your soaps are now ready to be wrapped and labeled, used and enjoyed or gifted to that special someone. You can download my Mountain Man Detox Printable Soap Recipe Labels here along with a printable version of the recipe. I think these are just perfect as homemade Father’s Day gifts or to tuck inside stockings as homemade Christmas gifts for men.

For more great homemade soap recipes, like my mountain man detox soap recipe, as well as bath and beauty DIY’s and craft projects, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, G+ and Instagram.

Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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Homemade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe - DIY Peppercorn Massage Soap Bars

Experimenting with melt and pour soap recipes can be a lot of fun. Not only are there endless combinations of fragrances and additives you can use, the results are practically instantaneous. (If you’ve ever made homemade cold process soaps then you know how restless you can get waiting to try the results of your recipe for the first time.) I’d been eying coriander seeds for a while debating on using them to create a massaging soap bar, but ended up opting for black peppercorns as I preferred the natural scent of the peppercorns. The roundness of whole peppercorns massages your body whenever you use the soap. (Did you know that black pepper essential oil is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and has antiseptic properties?)

Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.5 oz. organic melt and pour glycerin soap base
.25 oz. orange zest
.5 oz. organic whole black peppercorns
10 drops organic clove essential oil
10 drops organic basil essential oil
10 drops organic lavender essential oil

Directions:

I used a square Gladware container as my mold for this melt and pour soap recipe and lined it with a plastic office trash bag. I used masking tape to hold the lining in place. You could also use plastic cling film to line your mold. Once your mold is ready, weight out 12.5 oz. of my glycerin soap base using a digital scale, cut it into chunks and then place it inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt the soap base in the microwave on reduced power and remove once melted.

Organic Soap Recipe - DIY Natural Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap Massage Bar

Now weigh out your peppercorns and orange zest – I cut my zest from the rind of fresh orange – and stir into your melted soap base. Using a different plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper for each essential oil, add ten drops of each essential oil to the soap mixture and stir well to blend.

How to Make Organic Soap - DIY Homemade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe - Make a Peppercorn Massage Bar

Now pour your liquid soap base into your lined mold. You can spritz the top of your soap lightly with witch hazel or alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles on the top of the soap. Your additives will settle to the bottom and top of the soap. (If you’d like the peppercorns and orange zest to distribute evenly throughout the entire bar, use a suspension melt and pour glycerin soap base.) Next, place your filled mold in the freezer until your soap has hardened completely.

This organic peppercorn massage melt and pour soap recipe is so easy to make! The natural whole peppercorns massage your skin as you bathe!

Once your soap has solidified, remove from the mold and cut into bars. Finally wrap tightly in plastic wrap until ready to use.

For more diy melt and pour soap recipes, tips and techniques and inspiration for making handmade glycerin melt & pour soaps, check out the books The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga, Melt & Pour Soapmaking by Marie Browning, Soapmaking the Natural Way: 45 Melt-and-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers & Essential Oils by Rebecca Ittner, and Soapylove: Squeaky-Clean Projects Using Melt-and-Pour Soap by Debbie Chialtas.

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DIY Fourth of July Craft Project – Homemade Red, White and Blue Soap

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DIY Homemade Soap for the Fourth of July - Red White and Blue Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap RecipeCelebrate the Fourth of July with this fun diy soap project that the whole family can get involved in! This heart shaped red, white and blue soap shows off your love for America’s freedom and democracy through its shape and color! I used the same heart shaped silicone soap mold as I’ve used for other projects such as my Handmade Solid Lotion Bars, Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts, Handmilled Heart Shaped Soaps and Handmilled Lavender & Dead Sea Salt Soaps. However, if you don’t have a heart shaped mold, you can use any mold you happen to have though the amounts of soap needed for each layer may be different. In addition you’ll also need a digital kitchen scale, a cutting board, a knife, a utensil to stir with and a glass Pyrex measuring cup or equivalent.

Fourth of July DIY Project - Homemade Red, White and Blue Glycerin Soap Recipe

Homemade Fourth of July Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.5 oz. opaque melt and pour glycerin soap base
Red and blue food color, liquid soap dye or powder pigments
.2 oz. fragrance oil of choice or .1 oz. essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

This recipe yields two heart shaped soaps. However, if you wish to make more you can increase the recipe easily by doubling or tripling it. Start by cutting 3 oz. (by weight) of your melt and pour soap base into chunks and placing them into your glass measuring cup. Then melt the soap chunks at reduced power in the microwave. Watch it closely as you do not want it to boil! Remove as soon as it has melted. Stir in several drops of food color or pigment and 1/3 of your fragrance (which is .2 oz. total by weight.) Don’t use too much colorant – a little goes a long way! – or you could end up with soap crayons instead of bath soap.

Now place your soap mold onto a cutting board or other transportable flat surface, then pour the red tinted soap into two of the heart shaped molds so that the soap is distributed evenly between the two hearts. Transport the mold via the cutting board to the freezer and allow to cool and harden completely.

While your layer of red soap is solidifying, wash and dry your measuring cup. Then weigh out 1.5 oz. of your soap base, cut into chunks, and place into the measuring cup. Melt in the microwave, add a bit of fragrance, and mix well. Remove your mold from the freezer and pour the white soap base evenly across your two heart molds on top of the solidified red base.

Place in the freezer to harden and repeat the steps for the final blue layer, using 2 oz. of soap base, your blue soap dye and your remaining fragrance. Once your blue layer has hardened on top of the red and white layers, your soap is ready to unmold. Then simply wrap your soaps in plastic cling film and label if desired.  Otherwise this patriotic homemade soap is ready for your soap dish!

Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Natural Liquid Foaming Bath Soap Recipe

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Homemade Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Handmade Foaming Liquid Soap Recipe - Natural Bath and Beauty DIYCraft these easy to make, homemade liquid foaming soaps via Paula Deen as homemade Mother’s Day gifts this year! They’re not only super quick and easy to create – even the kids can get involved in this one – but mom’s skin will love this natural bath soap! All you need is some sweet almond oil, local honey from your farmer’s market, liquid soap, and some vanilla extract for fragrance. (Although, I’d substitute the vanilla extract with a teaspoon of mom’s favorite essential oil.) Mix all of your ingredients together following the recipe at Paula Deen, then pour into the soap containers of your choice.

It’s easy to dress up your finished Mother’s Day gift with a strip of washi tape and a piece of ribbon, cord, or twine! Or print out my blank, homemade Mother’s Day gift labels onto sticker paper.

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