1. It's fun. I mean, who wants to wash with a plain old bar of Ivory Soap when you can start your morning routine with Chardonnay?
2. Beer and other alcohols are actually good for your skin. Did you know that the Hops Flower (found in beer) have been used for centuries to soften skin and heal minor skin ailments?
3. Alcohol based soaps make great gifts!
The trick to incorporating alcohol into your soap is finding a way to combat the 'lye volcano' that can happen when lye and alcohol mix, and finding a way to keep the sugars from scorching and turning your soap a yucky brown. This is similar to what happens when making milk based soaps. I prefer to replace all or most of my water percentage with the alcohol I am using. I think it makes for a more interesting soap. Occasionally, I will do a water/other component blend, but not usually.
To make a great alcohol based soap, free of volcanoes and scorching, here are my tricks:
|Weighing out my liquid, preparing for the freezer|
|Prepared ice baths|
|Wine ice cube with lye sprinkled on top|
That's it! This will take longer than a typical soap recipe, but in my opinion, it's worth it.
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