Generally, there is a certain look of intrigue I get when this question is asked. Yes, I use beer in my shave soap (and in some of my bar soaps also). Beer has a lot of great ingredients that help enhance soap properties. The natural sugars in beer help to boost lather in soap, and most people enjoy a wonderful lather when it comes to soap! There are also other ingredients in beer that are great for the skin.
Hops- hops are the main component of beer. They are rich in antioxidants and have been used in skin products to help with skin inflammation.
Barley-barley contains selenium which can help in fighting free radical damage.
Yeast- Brewer's yeast is high in B vitamins and chromium making it great for the skin.
I personally like to use beer that is local to Louisiana including Abita Beer, Bayou Teche Brewery, and Parish Brewing Company. I found after much experimentation that beer was the perfect vehicle for our shave soaps. The soaps do not smell like a bottle of beer, although some of the maltiness (is that really a word?) subtly comes through.
Our shave soaps are a dual lye cream type soap that also contain tallow, stearic acid, and Shea butter to make the skin soft and smooth after using it. So, if you are one of those who are getting into wet shaving, we'd love to hear your feedback! Comment below for a chance to win a tin of our shave soap!