Beer & Beauty: Big Beer Soap Co.

Big Beer Soap Co. is a small batch soap company based in the Junction in Toronto.

16998146_1276994262398197_2219028064770385373_nClare is the mastermind behind it all. It all started one day when her friend showed her how to make soap, she was hooked. She started googling all about the traditional soap making process and beer soap kept popping up. She took it as a sign, “it’s fun and people love the idea of beer soap” says Clare. “I always use local craft beer and I can’t believe how much there is to learn. Maybe one day I will actually make my own beer and make soap with that!”

The process is cold process soap making, which is the act of mixing fixed oils with an alkali (sodium hydroxide/lye.) The results is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change to create a bar of soap. Generally after the first process it takes about 4-6 weeks of cure time. The main benefit of this process is that is allows for complete control over all the ingredients.

The use of beer is a unique way for Clare to show off the benefits of craft beer without just having to drink it. Hops in beer are actually known to sooth irritated skin and contain skin softening amino acids and the yeast contains a small amount of Vitamin B, which will retain moisture in the skin.

Currently Big IMG_6634-01Beer Soap Co. is producing a large range of products from regular beer soap to shampoo bars and even shaving soap (the full list is available online.) Currently the products are available at Big Beer Soap Online Store, Likely General, Helen and Hildegard, and Northwood General.

So far I’ve tried out seven products and here are my favourites so far…

Big Beer Soap Co. Shampoo Bar made with Black Oak Nut Brown Ale: Bergamat – Beer is great for your hair, I’ve even mixed in a bit with my shampoo at home so this product made me extremely happy. It lathers well and leaves your hair silky and smooth without the greasiness some shampoos leave behind. The smell is amazing and you can actually smell a bit of the malt background of the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has damaged hair as it’s also paraben & sulfate free. It also works great for anyone with coloured hair as since there is no sulfates it won’t strip your hair colour.

Big Beer Soap Co. Steam Whistle Beer Soap: Unscented – Out of all the bars of soap I tried I really liked this one the best. The main factor in that is that it is unscented, now I’m the first one to love perfume and strong scents but my boyfriend is a more sensitive and has allergies. First of all the bar of soap actually looks like a little beer which made it pretty adorable. As for how the product worked? My skin have been extremely soft and not irritated, which for me is a big deal seeing as I have had issues with dry patches before. Fun fact, this soap also makes a great stain remover. All you do is apply the soap directly to the stained areas before throwing them in the wash, I honestly found it worked better then a lot of the harsher chemical products one would normally use.

Big Beer Soap Co. Henderson Union Pearson Ale Beer Soap: Peppermint – If you loveIMG_6610-01.jpeg peppermint then this is the soap for you. The scent is very dominant so I definitely recommend you actually like peppermint before buying this product. That being said it works amazing and my hands have never been so soft (I started using it instead of our regular hand soap.)

Now if all this talk about soap has inspired you, Clare has a got you covered! She is currently running soap making workshops at Rowan Homespun on Queen St E in Toronto. For more info visit Big Beer Soap Co. website and don’t forget to give them a follow on Instagram, Twitter, and a like on Facebook.

– The Beer Gypsy



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday May 9th 2017

Toronto ON: The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies are gearing up to host their 4th Lady Craft Beer Festival. This event will be their 34th event and will take place at Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Island on Saturday July
8th 2017.
To meet ticket demand (the last three festivals all sold out very quickly) organizers have launched two sessions: 1-5pm & 6:30-10:30pm. There will be approximately 800 tickets available for each session with general admission and ‘Very Important Beer Drinking Lady’ (VIBDL) premium passes available for purchase. Tickets go on sale Tuesday May 9th at 11am at

We have always been eager to throw an event on the Toronto Island” remarked Jen Reinhardt, co-founder and operator. “There has yet to be a craft beer festival on the island and we can’t wait to create a unique summer festival for our community of women.”

All Ladies Beer Fest at Evergreen Brickworks on March
31st, where over 1200 ladies drank beer in support of the CWF. Photo by Jeannette Breward at The Good Local.

The Island Lady Beer Festival will feature all Ontario craft breweries and cideries, local food vendors and a Women’s Artisan Market. As always, a portion of festival ticket sales and all donations made at the festival will support the Society’s organization of choice, The Canadian Women’s Foundation.

General admission tickets will include 4 drink tokens, 5oz tasting glass, a ‘Morning After’ hangover gift bag and a chance to try a unique Bevy Brew crafted exclusively for the festival. VIBDL premium passes will include a boat shuttle with welcome beer, 8 drink tickets, a swag item, ‘Morning After’ gift bag, 6.75oz tasting glass and more.

Volunteer applications are now being accepted. Visit to apply. For media inquires email For general questions e-mail Check out for more information and to join the mailing list. Follow the adventures of the SOBDL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ladiesdrinkbeer.

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is operated by Erica Campbell, Jaime Dobbs, Jen Reinhardt and their crew of Volunbeers. The SOBDL creates exciting and inclusive events and festivals for women around the city of Toronto. The events continue to grow, garnering it North America’s largest gathering of beer-drinking ladies. A full merch line is also available at

SOBDL crew