Beer soap recipe with Mango and Shea Butter

This is a recipe for beer soap. You can use it for shampoo, hand, or body wash as you like. The superfat, however, is 3%, so do not use it as a shampoo if you have greasy hair.

Why add beer to soap?

Beer soap is very modern and is supposed to be very bubbly, and has a wonderful foam. There are, however, mixed opinions on this. Some say the extra bubbles come from the natural sugars in the beer, but anyhow, this is a wonderful and nourishing soap.

Beer is made from hops, and this will benefit your soap. Hops are known to soothe irritated skin and contain skin softening amino acids.

What kind of beer should I use for soap?

Any beer will do, but the darker your beer is, the darker your soap will become. I prefer a stout beer.

What Beer shampoo will do for your hair

Beer shampoo benefits no matter if you have flat or fine hair. The activated yeast in the beer helps in plumping up the hair from the follicles. This increases the thickness and volume of your hair.

Adds Luster To Your Locks

If you have been dealing with dull and lifeless hair lately, you’ll be very happy to use beer shampoo. Beer shampoo benefits for adding shine to your hair can be related to its vitamin B content. Malt beer that’s rich in antioxidants adds a lustrous sheen to your locks. This makes hair reflect more light and gives you an attractive appeal.

Better Beer shampoo

Beer in skincare

You really should not drink the beer if you want flawless skin, but you can use it for skincare, as it has been done for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Beer is cleansing and helps dissolve dead skin cells. Beer also increases the elasticity of the skin and nourishes it.

Beer usually contains proteins, carbohydrates, and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Plus, it’s also known to contain small amounts of B vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and folate.

Swanson Vitamins

How to achieve the beer colors

Beer will only provide a slightly tan/creamy shade to the soap. To get the darker beer look on your soap, you will need to add some color. Leave it out if it doesn’t matter to you.

I use a blend of Cocoa Powder and Turmeric for color, but you can use Mica if you prefer. The white foam is made with Titanium Dioxide. How much white color you need to use depends on how white your oils and butters are.

You can also use colored clay for soap making if you like.

Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat

This information is for advanced soapers. Go to recipe if you are new to soap making.

  • 45% Olive Oil
  • 30% Coconut Oil, 76 deg
  • 10% Mango Seed Butter
  • 10% Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 5% Castor Oil
  • 27.519% Lye Concentration
  • 38% Water percent of oil weight (Half is replaced with beer)
  • 3% Superfat
  • 22 oz Total oil weight (624)
  • Colors: Cocoa Powder, Turmeric, and Titanium Dioxide

We use 50% hard oils/butter to get a nice hard bar of soap.

Soap Quality

(Not including the beer qualities)

Soap QualityRangeThis Recipe
Hardness29 – 5441
Cleansing12 – 2220
Conditioning44 – 6955
Bubbly14 – 4625
Creamy16 – 4825
Iodine41 – 7056
INS136 – 165156

Recipe for Beer Soap

Beer soap with Mango & Shea Butter

Keyword: body-soap, Bubbly soap, hand-soap, Lotion soap, nourishing soap


  • 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • Silicone molds
  • Microwave oven
  • Kitchen scale
  • pH meter or test strips
  • Safety gear


  • 9.90 oz Olive oil 281 grams
  • 6,60 oz Coconut oil 187 grams
  • 2.20 oz Shea Butter 62 grams
  • 2.20 oz Mango Butter 62 grams
  • 1.10 oz Castor Oil 31 grams
  • 4.18 oz Beer (reduced) 119 grams
  • 4.18 oz water 119 grams
  • 3.17 oz NaOH 90 grams
  • 1.38 oz Essential Oil 39 grams
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder If you want a darker brown use two tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Titanium Dioxide


  • Boil a bottle of beer in an open pan for about an hour to reduce it. It should not be foaming on top when cooked. Let it cool down
  • Check the safety Guide if this is your first soap
  • Pour NaOH in water (not the other way around) let it cool down. This is now called Lye
  • Mix the beer with the Lye
  • Melt your hard oils and butters, and mix them with the rest of the oils. Let it cool down
  • Mix your Lye into the oils and stick blend until a light trace
  • Divide your batter into two parts, one should be 3/4 and one 1/4
  • Color 3/4 with cocoa and turmeric, add all essential oil, stick blend until trace
  • Pour batter in the mold, and make sure to get rid of any air-bobbles (by tapping the mold to the table). This will be your "beer" layer
  • Color the remaining quarter of the batter with Titanium Dioxide, stick blend until trace, and pour it on top of the other in the mold. This will be your "beer foam" layer
  • Make a nice pattern to resemble foam with a spoon
  • Leave to set overnight, and see if it is ready to unmold and cut

Soap Fatty Acid Profile

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