Frequently Asked Questions

What is beer soap?

Soap is made using water as one of the main ingredients in combination with a saponified fat source. In our beer soap recipes, we simply replace the water with beer.

All our soap is made in small batches using a hot process to combine the ingredients. We begin by boiling the beer to remove alcohol and carbonation before combining it with lye. The beer/lye solution is then combined with fats such as butters and/or oils using a hot process. Turning fats into soap by combining them with an alkali such as lye is called saponification. The saponification process is necessary as it is what makes soap soap. After saponification, we test every batch of soap to ensure there is no active lye remaining. All that is left is to add the scent and pour into a mold. After hardening and curing, the soap is hand-cut and weighed into individual bars.

Why beer?

Beer is said to be beneficial for the skin because it contains brewers’ yeast and hops. The amino acids in hops can be soothing on irritated skin. The brewers’ yeast is loaded with riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and a number of other essential B vitamins. Thus both hops and brewers’ yeast can contribute to a more cleansing and nourishing bar of soap. Beer also contributes to a more luxurious lather.

Besides, isn’t everything better with a little beer?

Will I smell like beer?

Beer actually does not lend any scent to the finished soap.
The scent for all White Pine Bath & Brew soap comes from our unique blends of essential oil and/or fragrance oil used in each recipe.

We also offer fragrance-free options for those with sensitivities.

Does beer soap contain alcohol?

Nope, again!
The process used to make our beer soap begins with boiling the beer to remove the alcohol and carbonation. This prepares the beer to be combined with the rest of the ingredients to make you a perfect bar of soap!

What if I have a gluten sensitivity?

Great question - We asked a PCP and were told:

"It is possible for anyone to have a skin reaction to wheat or other components of beer - though very rare. For those with Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity, reactions are specifically driven through exposure in the gut and mucous membranes where the initial immune response takes place. Thus, as long as they don't touch their mouth with the soap, it should be fine to use."

White Pine Bath & Brew is not qualified to make any medical recommendations, and we always suggest consulting your own doctor if you are feeling unsure.

How can I extend the life of my soap?

The nature of homemade soap in general is that it goes a bit faster than the lower quality, mass-produced brands of bar soap. This is because we do not use synthetic detergents or surfactants in our products.

However, there are still things you can do to make your soap last longer. We recommend keeping your soap in a dish or shower rack that provides good drainage. Soap that sits in water gets mushy and wears down faster.

We also recommend using a soap saver bag. These little bags can be used like a washcloth while holding your whole bar of soap. They are also great for gathering and making use of any scraps as your bar starts to run low. Let these bags dry out in between uses to extend the longevity of your soap. We recommend machine washing and air drying your soap saver bag before refilling it with a new soap.

Do you offer corporate gifting?

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Are you accepting wholesale accounts?

For information on wholesale prices, MRSP, and minimum order quantities, reach out to or send a message via the Contact page.

How does shipping work?

All orders ship through USPS. We usually process orders (separate from shipping time) within 1-7 days. Orders containing 1-2 items are usually shipped as USPS Ground Advantage and usually take 2-5 business days to ship. Orders of 3 or more items are usually shipped Priority Mail and take 1-3 business days to ship.

All shipping estimates are based on USPS estimates. Once an order has been taken to the post office (we have processed the order), we no longer have control over how long the post office takes to ship it.

If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please feel free to reach out to or send a message via the Contact page.