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Meriden woman makes beer soaps

MERIDEN — Making soap is a passion for those that take part in the art. More than just a hobby, those especially adept can sell their wares anywhere from craft fairs and various seasonal markets to websites or even wholesale.

The handmade product typically consists of butters and oils. But city resident Navine Acevedo recently decided to add another ingredient into her bars: craft beer.

Acevedo has been making soap for about two years and in May launched her business, Brosily Bath and Body, named after her two daughters, Ambrosia and Amelia. Wanting to stand out from other soap makers, Acevedo chatted with fellow soapers and found out beer was an ingredient used in some soaps. She reached out to Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield and now features its beers in a line of her soaps.

“I had a few breweries in mind,” Acevedo said Friday. “I went to Thomas Hooker, I tasted them and they were really good.”

After some conversations with the business, she got permission to use the beer. The bars of soap will be sold at the brewery and through her website.

While the bars are made with alcohol, users should not expect to feel tipsy after bathing with a bar. The beer soaps create a good lather and can be very conditioning, Acevedo said. It’s good for dry skin, she said.

“It makes your skin feel so soft,” she said. “It softens and renews your skin.”

The beer soap line is based on the Thomas Hooker beer selection. Hooker’s Octoberfest is featured in a soap with cinnamon and clove and Hooker’s Hop Meadow IPA is paired with lemongrass and lime.

The office manager at Thomas Hooker, Christian Recinos, said the brewery got the bars in a couple days ago and are just figuring pricing. While he’s never heard about beer being used in soap before, he’s hopeful customers will be curious enough about the bars to buy them. They will be sold with the hats, glasses and other Hooker memorabilia.

“It’s like another beer product,” he said. “It’s intriguing, for sure.”

Acevedo said soapers are everywhere and having the beer soap line, along with her other soaps, might help her stand out, she said. She considers her bars to be high quality, luxury, vegan soaps. Bars are made from all natural products.

Soap making began for Acevedo when her daughter developed eczema. Store soaps dried her daughter’s skin out and caused itchiness. Taking some advice from her husband, Acevedo decided she was going to learn how to make natural soaps and lotions.

She took classes in Massachusetts from a famous soaper, Marla Bosworth.

“She was very good,” Acevedo said.

In May, Acevedo was ready to launch her website and company. She said things have been good, but she’s trying to get to more fairs and farmer’s markets and eventually wants to sell wholesale.

Acevedo, a teacher by trade, never thought she would end up going into the soap business, but has fallen in love with it.

“I like mixing the soaps,” Acevedo said. “It’s like baking, it’s relaxing. It’s like therapy sometimes.”

Acevedo’s daughters help in the soap making process and tell her what types of scents should be used.

The soap itself takes about a day to make, but then it needs to dry for four to six weeks before it can be sold, she said. This requires Acevedo to work ahead of schedule and plan ahead for holiday seasons.

Bars are thick and chunky and often contain some type of natural swirl. Each bar is stamped with Acevedo’s trademark logo, an old fashioned tube overfilled with bubbles.

For more information on Brosily Bath and Body, visit (203) 317-2279 Twitter: @KPrimicerioRJ

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