Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Wine Soap

I am currently developing some wine soap and skincare products for a local Winery – Bodegas Perfer. Pretty excited! On Saturday, I participated in a trade show at their Winery and I met lots of new people, gave out tons of cards and samples, and made some new clients.
 
 
 As with all of my soaps, the majority oil is local organic extra-virgin olive oil and this one also has sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil (first time I have soaped with grapeseed oil), shea butter coconut oil and castor oil. I added nothing for colour and I may in future batches.
 I am trying to create a great-smelling essential oil blend that has the properties to accompany the properties offered by wine in skincare. 
This soap has lavender, frankincense, patchouli, cedarwood and ylang ylang.  Can’t say I am in love with the scent… so I will keep experimenting.
Will be away this weekend for a 3 day hand-made trade fair in Murcia!  Will be our first big trade show and I can’t wait!!
Happy soaping everyone!!!
Xo Jen

17 comments:

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Very interesting...what colour wine went into this batch? It will be interesting to see how the colour develops as it cures!

Caron. Michelle. Somers said...

Wow you have really stepped it up big time. We dream of doing a big trade show at some point. Your new project working with wine sounds exciting as well.

Natalia said...

Beautiful colour,Jen! I will have to try it someone also!
I use grapeseed oil and I really like it in soaps, especially if this is virgin.
Wish you a lot of good luck and a lot of new clients!
Take care!

Anne-Marie said...

Congrats on the trade show! I love how gorgeous these soaps turned out. They have a very natural, yet sophisticated look. :)

Cee Gee said...

Wow, beautiful Jen, what a neat idea! Wishing you all with best with the trade show!!!

Lisa said...

All the best for the trade show, Jen! Hmm.. the scent does sound interesting... perhaps Clary Sage EO which is one of my favourites - very grounding and earthy.

Jennifer Young said...

Tanya, I used a deep red wine, but not 100%. This was about 60% wine, 40% water. I was nervous how the lye was going to react, so I didn't try 100%, which I will another time. So far the colour is okay, but I think I will be adding some red clay to future batches. Just want to see how the natural colour comes through during the cure! Your blogs look lovely!! And your products. I didn't realize you could you blogspot as a shop!!! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Michelle, Yes, this weekend could be really big... we are a mix of nervous and excited. And are hoping we have enough stock for this fair as well as the upcoming Christmas season!!! Will post more about my wine experiments. Thanks for your comment. xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Natalia, Thank you for the tip about virgin grapeseed oil. This is just oil. Where do you purchase virgin grapeseed oil? I would love to get some. Thanks for commenting!! Xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Anne-Marie, Thanks for your awesome comment!! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Cee Gee, Thanks for your comment!!! xoxo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Lisa, Thanks for your comment and suggestion.... confession... I have not worked with clary sage yet!!! I can't believe it really as it is one of the greats, and so therapeutic - I know. So I will have to get some now, as it is one of your favourites. No excuse any more. xoxoxo Jen

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Jen Takes lots of pics of your trade show OK? And the wine soap looks so delicate, so special. The EO combo sounds wonderful Wish I cold smell it.

Savon Muse said...

Your wine soap looks great Jen. I can't wait to try this for myself. I'm also looking forward to giving a beer soap a go. Best of luck for the trade show - way to go! Can't wait to hear all about it. Pauline xx

infusionsblog said...

Hi Jen!

The natural color of this wine soap is great!
Good luck for the trade show!
Maya

al santo said...

I have made wine based soaps for a local winery in the past and could never get past the smell (same goes for beer soaps) of the end product. None of the eos combos I've tried worked for me (or the customers)

Jennifer Young said...

Donna, Thanks for your comment!! Hope you liked the pix of the trade fair. Will let you know how soap turns out... xoxox Jen

Pauline, Let us know about your experiments with wine and beer soaps once you get going!! Hope you enjoyed the trade show photos. It went pretty well. xo Jen

Maya, Glad you liked the colour of the wine soap. I am going to increase the quantity of wine next time and see if it effects the colour. Will post. xoxo Jen

Al Santo, Thank you so much for your comment and interesting info... will have to continue to experiment with eo combos and see if anything works. xox Jen