Beer soap recipe with Mango and Shea Butter

We use boiled beer for this recipe

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 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

For color, we use a blend of Cocoa Powder and Turmeric, 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