Good soap tends to be much more than a practical item. Sure, it's something that helps keep you clean (which is always a plus), but it can also be so much more. For many of us, the right soap can be a luxury item, good for making the stresses of the day seem a little less significant. At the same time, soap is also great for gifting.
For the most part, soap tends to be a female thing, which makes beer soap particularly interesting. After all, anything made with beer is good at grabbing people's attention.
Beer soap is pretty much what the name suggests. Traditionally soap is made using water. Beer soap simply uses beer instead of water as the liquid of choice. Beer soap tends to lather very well and it also gets many of its characteristics from the specific beer used to create it.
Some people even argue that beer soap is better for your body than regular soap.
So, if you're wanting to try something a bit different or give an unusual gift, beer soap might be the way to go. This selection from Etsy creators shows just how many different options there are for beer soap – and there are many more that I didn't include.
Coffee Stout Beer Soap
Who doesn't love the smells of coffee and beer? Combining them both in soap is just genius.
Lemon Shady Beer Soap
The use of lemon juice in thie soap bar does make it a good reminder of the summer months, and a nice refreshing soap to use all year round.
Pumpkin Ale Beer Soap
If you're not into summer scents for your soap, what about scents for the cold weather, like this pumpkin ale soap? It's like the male version of all of the pumpkin spice flavors that seem so popular.
Beer Soap with Wooden Dish
I love the appearance of this beer soap, and the inclusion of a wooden soap dish is a clever approach.
Coffee and Vanilla Stout Soap
Combining coffee, vanilla and beer flavors in the same soap is impressive, and this particular soap even manages to look great at the same time.
The Knitting Aunt Beer Soap
The name Knitting Aunt refers to the beer used to create this soap, so it would be a cool choice for someone who likes that beer brand.
Cinnamon Birch Foaming Beer Soap
This item is a bit more unusual, but it is still beer soap. It also acts as a cleanser and the creator argues that it is very good for the skin.
Blue Moon Soap on a Rope
Here's another brand-specific beer soap, but you'll probably recognize the brand. I love the idea of attaching the soap to the beer it comes from – although you don't get the beer as part of your purchase (which, to be honest, isn't surprising).
Sweet Patchouli Beer Soap
This soap actually comes in the pictured tin, which would make it a versatile gift and something that would work well for travelling.
Set of 9 Masculine Beer Soaps
This set of 9 soaps contains three separate types. The soaps are fairly small in size, but the number in the pack makes up for that.
Beer Soap with Orange Peel
Including orange peel in any soap is a cool idea, and the scent would go nicely with the scent from the beer.
Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Beer Soap
This soap takes its scent from chocolate stout, which is bound to result in a very appealing soap.
Honey Ale Beer Soap
I'm quite taken with the appearance of this light ale soap and the different layers make it just that little bit different.
Beer Soap Beard Kit
As you might have guessed, this one is a beard care set with beer soap and (non-beer) bear oil. It would make a pretty cool and unusual gift for a guy – provided he actually had a beard.
Oatmeal Stout Beer Lovers Soap
Stout seems to be a common choice of beer in beer soap, and this one is another example of that. I do love the packaging though, it looks very impressive.
Fat Tire Beer Soap
This entry is a little bit unique, and the whole thing looks pretty cool. As the creator notes, the end product doesn't smell all that much like beer, but still gets characteristics from the beer.
Middle Earth Beer Soap
The color of this beer soap is really what makes it stand out and I think that's the reason for the Middle Earth title too. It does look good, doesn't it?
Apricot Beer Soap
Here's another circular soap and this time the soap uses apricot and walnut scents in addition to the beer. It also looks pretty cool, and the creator does offer some other flavors in other listings.
Extra Stout Irish Style Beer Soap
Of all the items in this list, this one is probably my favorite visually. The different layers really make the soap look unique, especially as the shape is far from uniform.
Beer Soap Gift Set
This would make a great gift for someone new to beer soap. The whole thing looks great in the box, and the inclusion of four different flavors is certainly appealing.
Salted Caramel Ale Beer Soap
Visually, this soap is pretty simple, but the choice of salted caramel as a flavor is fantastic and is bound to turn a few heads.
Guinness Beer Soap
This soap is just made for Guinness lovers, and there are quite a few of them out there. Plus, the color of the soap and the layers all end up looking like a glass of beer.
Hopalicious Beer Soap
This soap is high in hops, which might be appealing as the hops are one of the key reasons that beer soap is thought to be so healthy to use.
Rustic Beer Soap
This item is unscented beer soap, which is good for people looking for something a little bit simpler. It also looks pretty professional in its packaging and would make a good gift.
Winter Magic Beer Soap
This soap seems to get its name from the use of Magic Hat Winter Black Lager and the creators note that it smells like citrus tea.
Iced Pilsner Beer Soap
I'm quite taken with the photography for this soap, although the soap itself also looks like it would be pretty good.
Coffee Oatmeal Stout Beer Soap
Here's another example of coffee as part of soap scent. The creator also uses coffee grounds, so this would be the perfect option to help you wake up in the morning.
Beer Soap with Left Hand Milk Stout
This soap might look simple, but that doesn't stop it from being very appealing. The creator also offers other beer soaps if this particular one doesn't take your fancy.
Essentially Southern Beer Soap
With this soap, I the color choice is probably the most unique and fun thing about it. I can easily imagine this soap making a good gift, especially to someone with a sense of humor.
Shave Set with Beer Soap
This listing is actually for the set in the image, not just the beer soap itself. Visually the set goes together really well and it's surprisingly inexpensive for what you get.
Guinness Draft Beer Soap
Here's a second soap for Guinness lovers. Just like the one I mentioned earlier, this soap also attempts to recreate the appearance of the beer itself (including the head of the beer).
3-Piece Craft Beer Soap Set
This Etsy creator offers another set that include beer soap. This one offers a soap dish, beer soap and beard oil, and the whole thing has some pretty cool packaging.
Beer Soap – Plenty of Flavors
This Etsy store offers quite a range of different beer soap flavors, letting you pick which one you find the most appealing.
Oatmeal Stout Beer Soap
With this oatmeal stout beer soap, the creator has gone to lengths to make sure all of the ingredients in the soap are healthy and offer benefits.
Arrogant Beer Soap
This soap is a bit erm… unique in it's labeling, but that might just make it the perfect gift for some people.
Bay Rose and Clove Beer Soap
A lot of the beer soap on this list is unflavored except for the beer itself, but this item isn't. Instead, it uses bay rose and clove flavors to make something quite unique and memorable.
Corona Lime Beer Soap
At the time of writing, this soap is only available as a pre-order – but it was seriously too cool to exclude from the list. Just look at it!
Pick Your Scent Beer Soap
This Etsy listing offered a number of different scents to choose from, but I was most taken with the one pictured: Bay rum.
Pumpkin Beer Soap
If you're a fan of the pumpkin spice season, this beer soap might seem particularly appealing. Even if you're not, the soap is certainly appealing and the creator has a very positive reputation on Etsy.
Beer Soap by TailoredSoap
This beer soap might be on the simple side, but I love the clean look and it certainly has a lot of positive reviews on Etsy.
The Blonde Beer Soap
The shape and color of this beer soap is pretty fantastic and it's another one that would make a cool gift or a good treat for yourself.
Goat Milk and Honey Beer Soap
Using goat milk and honey in beer soap is a pretty cool trick and again, the finished product really does look appealing.
Budweiser Beer Soap
Nice and simple, this soap would be a good choice for anyone who particularly likes Budweiser beer.
Oatmeal Stout Beer Soap
To round this list off, here is one more item that uses oatmeal stout beer. In this case, there is also a cool layering effect going on, which does make the soap look great.