Its been forever since I made a soap video, post, or a soap for that matter. We've been traveling for the entire month of July, visiting friends, family and brand new babies - and now, a brand new coffee joint-brewery run by old friends. So of course I had to check this place out. Did you know that you can put just about ANYTHING (skin safe and/or edible) into soap? Things like coffee and beer!
I had been dreaming of making a coffee and beer soap forEVER but just never got around to it, or had the inspiration to do something fun with it. Then came along Vennture Brew Co. A brand spanking new and totally amazing coffee shop + brewery + open air hang out in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI run by Jake, Simon and Rob. I actually went to college with Jake back in 2001, and get this, he and the other owner Simon, were actually my wedding photographers. I was lucky enough to get my wedding pics taken by them while they were still photogs, because now, they are killing it with this new shop.
I happened to be traveling to Milwaukee for a month long visit this summer from Fort Lauderdale and it happened to be the week they opened so of course I jumped at the chance to check it out. Coffee, beer and community is what this place is all about. A chill place in Milwaukee to drink something awesome. I thought, well this is perfect. Coffee, beer, old friends. I have got to make a soap out of these ingredients for them and of course, myself because who doesn’t love a good coffee-beer soap?
I started with their logo, I knew I didn’t want to replicate it exactly, but I did want the main features to be present so I recreated the tri-level “V” with 3 soap color variations. The surrounding soap around the V (triangle shape) had granules of ground espresso mixed in, and the soap itself is made with beer and cold brewed coffee. I added Wasabi Fragrance oil because this is a wake you up kind of soap for guys and girls. Caffeine is known to give your skin a boost. It is actually used in many cosmetic products for the effervescent properties it has.
So there you go. A soap for everyone made with local, handmade ingredients. Oh, and they were nice enough to let me use their space to photograph these babies. And yes, I gave them more than enough soap than they could ever want or need….