I am not a big beer drinker and my husband also drinks it occasionally so it did take me a while to finally get the chance to soap with it. My lucky day came when the hubby came home with some "Apple Ale"!
I guess it's pretty popular now, and the hubby wanted to try it. Lucky for me he did not like and I had some left over bottles to play with!
I did a little bit of research to make sure I did it safely. I was a little nervous about working with the alcohol and whether I was going to end up with a volcano! I checked out this video one more time from Soaping 101 You Tube Channel to review and prepare.
I had purchased my fragrance oil a while back from Bramble Berry, Oatmeal Stout. It
s a very nice fragrance, and I thought a nice compliment to my Apple Ale soap.
I let my Ale sit out overnight and then made sure to froze it. I mixed in my lye and slowly dissolved on the frozen Ale. I got a very interesting color. A cream brown, which I thought was different. I decided that I wanted to make this soap with no Titanium Dioxide and also decided to gel it. I wanted more of a natural color bar with some interesting red swirls.
My problem?....well I got a little carried away with the red brick oxide that I used for my swirls. I used a little too much, and I guess I will be looking forward to some red on my washcloth for sure! I also realized that I should have not gel this soap since the color really discolored to a dark brown. In the picture below you can still see some of the swirls, but I can tell you that right now it has gotten pretty dark that you can barely see them :(. I still think the fragrance is really nice and just need to plan differently for future batches.
I am excited for my 2014 Soaping Year. I am hoping to try different types of soaps! Looking forward to giving a try at new swirls (making a new attempt at the Peacock Swirl), and maybe branching out to more natural soaps and maybe working with Essential Oils. I hope you continue to visit and check in on me.
Now that I finally got my computer up and running I hope to have more soapy posts up and I am going to attempt to be a little more active with my Facebook page.
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