Just thought I'd send an update. Yeah, the hops soap turned brown, but it eventually turned a nice and even rich brown. Not bad. It's really nice soap, but it's pretty much a waste of hops. The bits exfoliate nicely and help build a great lather, but there's no typical hops characteristics whatsoever. I wouldn't recommend it other than for the gimmick factor, or if you have some ancient hops. It's better than throwing them away.