Recently I had the opportunity to sell my soap at a fundraising event that was held inside of a local winery and a whiskey distillery. My table setup was inside the distillery, 2bar Spirits. I had the opportunity to visit with the owner, Nathan Kaiser about his distillery and the process. It turns out that 2bar is the only distillery in Seattle that makes its own bourbon from start to finish right here!
|Selling soap at 2bar Spirits in Seattle.|
|Boiling down the bourbon into a syrup to|
remove the alcohol.
First, I boiled the whiskey down to a syrup to remove the alcohol. I know, it's a horrible thing to do to such tasty bourbon. I only used the bourbon for 20% of my soap making liquids, and did a small test batch, so rest assured that only a small amount of bourbon was harmed in the soap making process.
|I ground up the whiskey "char"|
by hand with a mortar and pestle.
I was pleasantly surprised that my soap stayed fluid, so I was able to implement the next part of my plan. I had already ground up some of the whiskey "char" in my trusty mortar and pestle. The char was still a little bit wet because it was from a fresh batch, so I don't think that I ground it up as finely as I would have liked. I added the ground char to about half of the batch of whiskey soap, and voila!
Since this was such a small test batch, I only made about two bars of each soap iteration. Now I'm anxiously awaiting a good cure (about four weeks) so that I can try it out!
As for other alternative liquids to try in soap, I really want to try wine next. It's been reported to have some benefits to the skin, although how much it benefits the skin in skincare products is really debatable. I also have plans to try out some coconut milk in my soaps. What alternative liquids would you try in a skincare product?
P.S. If you're a bourbon aficionado, I highly recommend 2bar. These days I'm a lightweight, but before I had kids, I used to drink Manhattans like they were soda, so trust me when I say that I know a good bourbon when I taste one!