Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy Birthday, James

Our son, James, is an Army Infantryman.
He is currently deployed to Afghanistan.
He turns 21 today.
Happy Birthday, James.
This post is in honor of his 21st birthday.
Certainly it's every son's dream
To have his mom blog in his honor on his birthday.
Especially on his 21st.
Ahem. But I digress.
I'm going to tell you about the beer soap I made recently.
Hey, a guy only turns 21 once.
Let's celebrate with beer soap.
I made some beer soap a few years ago.
At the time, I couldn’t find a beer fragrance to add.
So I didn’t add any fragrance to it.
It was great soap.
It was mild and bubbly.
Bramble Berry began offering beer fragrances a while back.
This time around, I got to add beer fragrance to the soap.
I decided to try one called Oatmeal Stout.
Thus the hunt began for Oatmeal Stout beer.
I found this.
I used this post on the Soap Queen blog as a guide.
I began by boiling the beer.
Yuck. It stunk.
Once the boiled beer was room temperature,
I added the lye to the beer.
Again, yuck.
It stunk even worse!
I added the beer/lye mixture to the oils.
It actually smelled okay.
In fact, it smelled good!
It became a gorgeous caramel color.
Here I'm adding the Oatmeal Stout Fragrance.
I divided the batch into two parts.
I added Pearly White Mica from Bramble Berry  to part of the batch.
The mica lightened the base a bit.
The lighter portion was designed to be
The foamy part on top.
The darker portion was to be
The beer itself.
Here is the beer portion in the molds.
And the frothy top.
I'll show you the cut bars in another post.
In the meantime,
Happy Birthday, James.
We miss you and love you.
Thanks for reading!


  1. Congratulations on your sons birthday! He's very brave to try and bring peace and democracy in such a torn apart country.

    I like your beer soap. I made a few times too. The smell is indeed horrible but really does turn out great after a few days.

    1. Thanks, Marieke!
      The icky smell really does go away quickly. It's a fun, kind of quirky, soap. I'm anxious to make it again.

  2. That is so sweet of you! I hope he was able to get a bar of it in the mail. =)