Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does my soap have a head?
A: Well, sometimes, yes! Do you see that side of your soap that is white or off-white? In beer we call that "head" but in soap, this is called "soda ash". Soda ask is caused from a temperature drop once the soaps were in the mold but is natural and safe. Most of these heads are not long-lasting; in fact, one or two uses and the head will be gone.
Q: What type of beers are in these soaps?
A: We find that Lagers make better lathers... Just kidding. This isn't a "made with beer" gimmick where we waste a perfectly good pint of a production beer just so we can call our soap "company x's beer soap" without their permission. No, we literally hand mix each BeerCanSoap soap with our locally famous and award winning homebrewed beers. Then we add exfoliant materials (spent hops & spent grains) before pouring into BeerCanSoap molds that create our unique brand of handbrewed, all natural soaps.
Q: Is there any alcohol in these soaps?
A: No, sadly we must boil off any alcohol prior to making soap with beer. If we didn't, the saponification process would be extra messy. So, please don't eat these soaps. Unless of course you have a potty mouth. In that case we'd recommend the hoppy IPA soap.
Q: What is each BeerCanSoap wrapped in? How do I remove it?
A: We package each BeerCanSoap Can in a flexible, breathable coating to ensure that it is protected until you're dirty and ready to lather up. In an effort to further limit the environmental impact of our product we evaluated a bunch of corn-plastics and other organic packaging alternatives. Our good friend Peter told us about a durable food grade, non-petroleum cream wax with mold inhibitors (Natamycin) he uses for coating his excellent cheeses. It works great protecting soap too!
To remove this eco-friendly biodegradable protective coating simply peel it off and throw it in the trash. It will breakdown if it gets wet, so store your BeerCanSoap in a dry place until you're dirty.
Q: What else does each soap contain?
A: Each soap contains homebrewed beer, base oils (e.g., sustainable palm, coconut, castor, olive, rice bran), speciality oils (e.g., avocado, almond, cocoa butter, jojoba, shea butter, rice bran, sunflower seed), and lye. Some soaps also contain exfoliant in the form of spent hops, spent grains, and/or spent coffee - the amount of coffee, hops or grains in the soap is indicated by the %EBV(TM) or Exfoliant by Volume(TM). Our soaps range from 0-12%EBV for all of your exfoliating needs!
Q: There's lye in my soap??! Isn't that dangerous?
A: Technically speaking, finished soap products don't contain lye. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a necessary ingredient that is transformed during the soap making "saponification" process. Saponification is an important chemical reaction that occurs when fatty oils, also known as triglycerides (e.g., in the coconut, palm & olive oils) are rapidly mixed with an alkalai such as sodium hydroxide. The glycerides break free from the fats/oils, which then combine with the sodium ions to make what we affectionately refer to as soap. The alkalai is completely consumed during the chemical reaction and curing process. What remains is a highly moisturizing and exceptionally cleaning soap that won't dry your skin. Craft bar soaps are made with lye, but many of our commercial soaps are "detergents" - this means that our craft soaps (and other craft soaps) are natural, whereas many commercial soaps are not.
Q: Why is there a discoloration in my soap?
A: Handcrafted, naturally produced soaps will have a color variation from batch to batch. Color of the soap can be impacted by temperature at saponification (i.e., the temperature at which we mix the lye with the oils), the temperature of the soaps as they cure, and the ingredients that are in the soaps. We find making soap from beer leads to more variations than if we made the same soap with distilled water (which is what most craft soaps are made from).
Q: I want to try your soap but don't know if I want to buy a whole can. Can I do that?
A: Of course! You can buy any of our soaps as a single serving - think about it as a taster!