Beer has long been a luxury treatment to give hair shine, strength and bounce. It fast became one of the staples of my shampoo line and now I can hardly keep Oatmeal Stout shampoo in stock because people absolutely love it! Not only does the Oatmeal Stout fragrance smell wonderful, but this shampoo gives bubbly lather that leaves hair soft, shiny, manageable and bouncy.
This post on my DIY Oatmeal Stout Shampoo Bars is a sponsored post by Brambleberry that has affiliate links. I’ve been using their products for several years now and have always had fantastic results!If you are brand new to cold-process soap making, I recommend that you check out my post on Soapmaking 101 to learn which tools and materials you will need..
Ingredients (makes 3 lbs of cold-process shampoo soap)
15 oz. Olive Oil
15 oz. Coconut Oil
10 oz. Castor Oil
6 oz. Rice Bran Oil
2 oz. Shea Butter
1.5 oz. Cocoa Butter
7.2 oz Lye
7.2 oz Distilled Water
6 oz Flat Beer (I love using Stout beer but sometimes I use what my husband, the brewer, has on hand – any beer works well!)
6 oz Aloe Juice (I find mine at Walmart)
1.5 oz Oatmeal Stout Fragrance Oil
Make sure you weigh out all ingredients. Do NOT use volume measurements!
Why use beer?
Beer and aloe impart shine, bounce and body to your hair. The protein from the hops and malt in the beer condition hair and help repair damage.
Why use aloe juice?
Aloe is regenerating, anti-bacterial, and very conditioning to give you shiny beautiful hair.Before you start, make sure you’ve got your mold ready. I’ve used several different kinds and each has their perks but I have loved my silicone log molds from Essentials Depot. No more lining molds!Time to get cooking!
- First, mix together the lye and distilled water in a plastic bowl. REMEMBER – always add lye to water, never water to lye.
- Once the lye is fully dissolved, add in the aloe juice and the beer. This creates a bit of a funky smell as the lye reacts with the beer and aloe. It’s really not awful but if you’re not expecting a stronger smell then it can be surprising. Fair warning.
- Set your lye mixture in a sink filled a few inches with cold water and ice. This will help cool it quickly.
- While you’re waiting for the lye to cool, you can measure out your solid oils to melt. Put the shea and cocoa butters in a microwave-safe bowl to heat for about 2 – 3 minutes in the microwave, until melted. Depending on the time of year, your coconut oil could be solid instead of liquid. It melts quite easily though so just add it after you’ve melted the butters.
- Add in the rest of the oils and stir well.
- At this point, your oils and lye should be about the same temperature. Because of the alcohol content in the beer, this shampoo does better when it’s soaped at room temperature. I recommend waiting just a bit longer to let things cool down.
Alcohol will cause cold-process soap to trace very quickly or even seize. It also heats up the gel phase so you will want to cover and insulate your log well to keep the top from cracking from uneven heat distribution.
- Once your oils and lye are both fairly cool, pour the lye mixture into the oils. Although I do use an immersion blender, it’s almost unnecessary with this recipe. It will want to trace very quickly so I recommend just tapping the blender on a couple of times initially and then hand stirring until you get to a light trace.
- Pour 13 oz. of the base soap into another container.
- Mix in 1.5 oz. of Oatmeal Stout Fragrance Oil into the larger part of soap. Again, you won’t want to blend too much – just enough to stir the fragrance oil in and then hand stir.
- Pour the soap into your prepared mold.
- Stir the unscented part with a spatula to ‘loosen’ it up (if it has started to set up, you can briskly stir it and it will become pour-able again).
- Pour the unscented soap on the top of the scented soap.
- You can leave the top as is or make your favorite design on the top.
- Cover and insulate the soap mold and let sit for 24 hours.
I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this shampoo smells. Although these shampoo bars make fantastic gifts for men, both women and men alike are drawn to this sweet, rich and spicy scent. If you don’t have time to make some now or just want to try one before committing, you can find Oatmeal Stout Beer & Aloe Shampoo Bars in my store!