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Beer soap revives an ancient beauty ritual

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Lather in your lager is not just about the foam in your glass. Now you can lather up with beer soap. Perfect for the bath, shower, or routine hand washing, this cold-processed soap is a fun addition to the bar sink, guest room, powder room, and family bathroom.

The beer aroma evaporates in the process of soap making, capturing the hops’ polyphenols that ancient civilizations used to condition their skin and hair – a fancy way of saying “flat beer without the beery smell.”

Jenny Dwight-Barnes, who developed the product, adds olive, coconut, and sunflower oils; clover honey; wheat germ; Irish shea butter; and Vitamin E. All ingredients are environmentally safe with no harsh chemicals or fillers.

I found the soap to be conditioning and moisturizing on my hair, face, and body. I looked forward to my next shower, but the soap bar found its way into a backpack. I understand it is the hit of the boys' locker room at my grandson’s middle school.

Beer soap is one of those inspired presents for the traditionally difficult to gift: dads on Fathers Day (what man needs another tie); tween and teen boys (you don’t want to encourage them to see today’s movies with movie tickets); edgy young ladies who think nothing can surprise them; and that fusty great aunt who needs a gentle prod to unleash a sense of humor.

And what a great gift to take to international friends who do not need yet another Big Apple or Windy City tee shirt.

Dwight-Barnes, owner of JB Design Co., has other handcrafted soaps and bath salts and is in a constant creative mode to bring unusual, useful, environmentally friendly products to the mail order and crafts' fair marketplaces.To visit her on-line store, go to the Etsy website and search JB Design Co.

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