Well for one, we LOVE beer!
My Husband brews many different styles of beer, from wheats to ales to stouts… and each beer gives the soap a unique character. From color, to their own natural scent (I add no additional scents). What I’ve noticed is that they all have a great lather and moisturizing effect!
The jury is still out on some of these ideas (I think these are fun factoids), but beer is reported to:
Skin Care: Brewer’s Yeast, an ingredient found in beer, is thought to help keep the skin smooth and diminish discoloration. (Ancient Romans and Egyptians are reported to use it in their beauty regimes)
Relaxation: Hops, an ingredient found in beer, itself is known for its relaxing properties. Hops contains poly-phenols thought to account for its anti-bacterial, preservative effects; and it also contains skin-softening amino acids. (Beer Spas are popping up all over Europe)
Hair Care: Beer is extremely rich in amino acids, which help improve hair follicles and coat and repair each strand of hair. (Beer is a home remedy for dull and frizzy hair for ages)
Now you may be thinking to yourself, am I going to smell like beer when I get out of the shower? Don’t worry, you won’t. The “beer smell” and the alcohol both disappear during the soap-making process. However, the esters produced by the yeast used in the beer-making process, like banana (Bavarian Hefeweizen), clove/bubble gum (Belgian Saison), chocolate (Chocolate Stouts), for example DO contribute to the scent of the soap. Your skin will thank you for a bath in beer! And by the way, there is no alcohol in the final product.