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« on: July 23, 2010 12:31:01 AM »

I made CP beer soap the other night using homebrew pale ale from a friend cos I thought that it would be really awesome to make handmade soaps with handmade beer. While I was mixing the lye with the beer I found the smell super offensive and I can still smell that in the soap behind the smell of lime EO. How much beer are you suppose to smell in the soap? Does it go away with time?

Does anyone have any tips for making successful beer soap?

Another question that I have regarding soap but not beer soap- how do you get pretty sparkly tops with mica? I attempted to brush some on a log before cutting with a paint brush but it didnt look graceful and then I rubbed at it with my fingers and it still doesnt look graceful!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010 06:54:35 AM »

In my experience, the beer smell will fade, but not entirely.  My beer soaps still have a sort of hoppy, wheaty smell, but it's nowhere near as pungent as when you first mix it with the lye.  It's a nice, if particular smell.  (Also: I kind of like the smell of beer and lye... I know that's gross, but it reminds me of bread!  All that yeast.)

As for mica: there's probably a better way, but I've had success with holding a spoonful of mica just above the molded soap (before it gels and whatnot) and blowing gently across it.  It dusts the top and gives it a shimmery sheen.

Good luck!  I hope your beer soap becomes less offensive.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010 04:17:06 PM »

A hoppy wheaty smell doesn't sound so bad... theres a chance though that I'll never like the smell of this soap, Im a bit weird about smells. I should get someone else to smell test it, my bf refused to because I was like erg this smells odd! I wanted beer soaping to work for me but maybe its just not going to be my thing Sad

Ooh blowing it accross the soap sounds almost magical! I'll have to try that way! I did once sprinkle it accross through a sieve and it looks alright, but thats more for a sprinkle look not a pretty sparkly sheen!

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010 01:53:47 PM »

I'd give it some time..sometimes the smell will mellow out and smell better than it first did..

Also depending what type of beer will sometimes determine the strength of 'smell'..

I've used all types and my favorite so far is a cherry almond cherry wheat beer soap..

Keep at it though..beer soaps are great to use Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010 10:31:43 PM »

Let your soap go through the entire 4 week cure before you judge it's scent.

I use a dusting powder container to dust on my micas and sparklies onto my soap.  Works great and is a lot less messy than some of the stuff I've tried.
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