1. Why beer soap, does it really do anything?
I love beer, I was working at Jack’s Abby Brewing when I started making soap as a hobby, and I was eager to incorporate it into my passion of soap crafting. Yes, it really does do something. Beer is proven to be beneficial to the skin and the hair! People pour beer straight on their head and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing in order to give their hair a nice sheen even today, it’s not a common practice, but people do it. I put it into the soap and make something a little bit longer-lasting.
2. Do you use palm oil in your soap?
No, Red Castle Soap, while we’ve dabbled with it in in the past, have committed to not using palm oil. While it is a dream-ingredient for Soapsmiths, as it makes a wonderfully hard and long lasting bar with a rich & creamy lather, purchasing it translates into it’s demand, which then translates to the rapid deforestation of the world’s rainforests. The palm oil we used in the past was sustainably harvested, “Friend of the Earth” certified palm oil. Only a single gallon was ever purchased.
3. Do you use animal fat in your soap?
Yes and no, not for the breweries I supply, anyway. I have used both beef tallow as well as lard in my Red Castle Soap branded offerings before, and will continue to do so. Lard does help make for an excellent bar of soap, and I do enjoy it when I’m able to get my hands on a little bit to put into a batch. Our tallow and lard are sourced from a local farmer in Sherborn, Massachusetts. I include an ingredient list on all Red Castle Soap products, so there’s no need to worry if you prefer to use something without any animal products in it.
4. Will you make beer soap for weddings or other events?
You bet I will! Red Castle Soap has done gift soaps weddings, wedding showers, and even quite a few baby showers! I’ll work with you to fit your wedding theme or color scheme, there’s a lot that can be customized.
5. Can you do elaborate beer soaps with cool designs?
Short answer: No. Long answer: I specialize in making high quality, simple style rustic soaps, I’m definitely willing to try my hand at some artsy looking soap, but I’d still stick to the more basic methods of doing it. Many of the beautiful elaborate soaps with cool designs are sold at higher prices, and made with lower quality oils; this offsets the extended skill and labor it takes to make those colorful soapy works of art, which even I myself admire!
6. Will you make custom branded soap for my barber shop/salon/store?
Absolutely. While my main focus is custom branded beer soap for breweries, I would certainly entertain custom branding outside that market.
7. Why don’t you make liquid soap/shampoo? Lotion? Lip-balm?
I will be dabbling in liquid soap in the near future, but it is unclear when, right now I have my hands full with seasonal orders for breweries, beer soaps are a wildly popular gift for craft beer enthusiasts.
As far as lip-balm and lotion, I’ve offered these before, and I will certainly offer the lotion again because it was fantastic. However, the new space lacks proper features required for the legal production of lotion, so until those additions can be made, no more lotion can be produced for retail sale. I can’t really incorporate beer into lip-balm, and it’s not highly requested, but I’d entertain the idea of making it again if that were to change.
8. Will beer soap make me smell like beer?
Not at all! I use fragrances so they all smell wonderful. If I were to refrain from adding fragrance, the beer soaps may smell a bit like bread due to the grains used to make the beer.
9. Is there any alcohol in the beer soap?
No, there is no more alcohol in the product by the time it touches your skin.
10. What if I get pulled over after using your beer soap?!
This is quite honestly the most common question we get asked, often in jest, however, my answer will always be:
Drive responsibly and don’t get pulled over!