Beer Soap and More Beer Soap

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Flatirons Soap Works makes the best beer soap.  This week we made more.

Using beer instead of water to make soap, beer will offer a light scent with all natural ingredients.  The beer in beer soap has some added health benefits. Beer soap has ingredients that moisturize, fight acne, repairs hair.  Beer is made up of hops, barley, malt and whatever herbs, fruits, spices and grains the brewer choose to include.  Hops contain polyphenols which are thought to account for its anti-bacterial and preservative effects. Hops also contain skin -softening amino acids and are known for their relaxing properties.  Beer soap has a much better lather than soaps made with water.

The taste of beer translates to a much lighter scent in the soap, so FSW adds a few fragrance oils or essential oils into the soap mix. For instance, if a chocolate stout is used for soap making, a touch of vanilla and or cocoa powder is added as a compliment to the chocolate undertones.

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Winter Colds and Flu

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While Flatirons Soap Works can’t prevent colds and flu and can’t cure colds and flu, FSW can help you feel better.  Try one of our lovely shower steamer packs.  The blue steamer clears your head and relieves some of the pressure.  The yellow steamer gives you energy and revives you as you are ready to get back to living your life!

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Why Use a Pre-Shave Oil?

Men's Shaving Set

FSW has developed a men’s kit for those men who do not have beards.  Everyone is aware of after shave but how many have heard of pre-shave oil?  FSW developed a super moisturizing pre-shave oil with jojoba oil, castor oil and vitamin E oil.

Using a pre-shave oil moisturizes the skin, softens whiskers, protects sensitive skin and best of all reduces razor burn.

Put a few drops of oil in your hand, gently rub hands together for a few seconds then massage oil into beard bristles for about 30 seconds.  Then let the oil work for another 30 seconds  before applying shaving lather.  Use this time to wash the oil from your hands.

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Are you using Soap?

When I go to the store to buy soap, I find that there are very few soap products are actually soap.  Most “soaps”, shampoos or body washes are synthetic detergent products.  They have more in common with laundry detergent than with real soap.

Real soap is made from combining oils, fats and lye.  The reaction that takes place when these ingredients are combined is called soponification and the result of that reaction is soap and glycerin.  Once the soap mixture has been prepared it’s poured into molds to saponify for a day, taken out to dry for a day, and then cut into bars of soap and left to cure for 4 – 6 weeks more. It’s as natural as soap gets.  Glycerin is left in the soap because it attracts moisture to the skin.

Look at the ingredients on an average bar of soap in your local store. Many contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), anionic surfactant used in laundry detergent.  SLS will ry out and irritate skin. Many commercial “soaps” also contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a cheap foaming agent that has been known to be contaminated with a suspected carcinogen Dioxane while being manufactured.

It is the consumer’s responsibility to read the label!  Manufacturers may call their product “soap” even if it contains no soap at all!

Look at the number of ingredients in Commercial Soap and Natural Soap.

Dove White Bar Ingredients:  Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

FSW Au Naturel Soap Ingredients:  Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Essential Oil, Natural Colorant.

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Men’s Gifts

Don’t forget!  Men need Valentine gifts too!  FSW has many ideas for the man in your life.  The Shave kit includes pre-shave oil and after shave lotion in our signature Flatirons Fresh scent – clean and citrusy!  The Beard Kit is Beard Oil and Beard Balm in our signature Flatirons Fresh scent.  A real treat for those who sport lovely beards. our silk infused beard wash – tame that facial hair!  Men also suffer from dry skin during these winter months – try Ooo La La super Shea butter body wash scented with vibrant Bergamot and fresh basil leaf are complemented by earthy notes of Oakmoss and white patchouli.

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