Friday, 11 October 2013

New Red Wine Soap

The answer to the guessing game was guessed by Mika at
I was making soap with Wine and it accelerated too fast.

(New batch of Red Wine Soap - I am so pleased with this one!!)
 
I am still trying to come up with something to do with that big batch of wrecked wine soap I made earlier this week... i will most likely be cutting or grating it up for a potpourri Christmas soap.... then if there are left overs, I grate it into my laundry soap but onto the happier story....
 
I continued with wine soap and bravely made another batch that turned out wonderfully.  I used to make wine soap but in smaller batches and had no problem, did not need to boil the wine down as seems to be recommended.  This is a private label soap, that I had been making for a local Winery.   I tweaked the recipe slightly this time, adding a little silk, and new essential oils.
Curiously, upping the batch size, changed everything.  heat heat heat.  So, I made a new batch, this time using red wine that I boiled down and reduced first.
 
It still accelerated, but was managable.  This time trace took 5 minutes instead of the distaster batch, which didn't even let me get the stick blender into it before hardening in Globs.
 
The scent?  I added a blend of Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, May Chang and Vetiver... but it still smells more like wine than of Essential Oils.
This batch also got ash on the top and this is a first for me. I always thought that ash came from sunflower oil soaps and as I don't use sunflower oil, I had never had it before..  But this appeared out of nowhere and I like it.  I know that sometimes ash is undesirable, but I like the way this top turned out - kind of romantic.  
 
So pleased with my new wine soap.  So pleased that I am sorry to be handing this entire lot over to the winery.... I think I will be making another batch to sell in the shop!!
 
Happy Soaping!!!!!!
xo   Jen 

14 comments:

Amy@10th Ave. said...

It's really beautiful--did you any colorant or is that the color of the wine. And you're right, the ash does add the finishing touch. Nice recovery on batch #2!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

So happy you like your ash!! I always found ash to be just another fun quirk or soap making and never remove mine but did feel a little quilty as I read other soapers criticizing bars with ash on top. As long as the soap is safe...what difference does it make? Then as I became more confident in my skills I stopped looking to other soapers for praise (well I still look SOME) but looked to my customers instead. What matters most as you know, is how it makes your skin feel. LOVE your ash covered soap!!

Jennifer Young said...

Amy, 10th Ave, I used Red Clay, but I have before and never got this glorious colour... Thanks so much for your comment!! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Donna, Me too. I remember when I was more of a newbee... insecure and dying to try out others soaps. I have tried quite a few, and some really good ones. I know what I like, I don't like palm oils soaps or soaps with fragrance or non-natural ingredients. I like local ingredients. I like the look of the bumpy swirly tops in a photo but don't like them in practice because they catch water in water traps. I like practical as well. Practical is more important than visual to me. But I like my soaps the best as I hope and am pretty sure you like your own soaps the best too. Mine may not be as hard as some others, or as pretty... but they are mine and wonderful. I am confident in my soaps now. I bet you are too!! Thanks for your comment. xoxox Jen

Coco said...

That really is lovely! Looks very silky and sort of ¨goth¨ if you know what I mean.

Moj sapun... said...

This looks so rustic, the perfect winery soap!

Jenny said...

Beautiful wine soap, Jennifer! I think the ash works nicely with this batch, too. I bought some wine FOs a few months ago and I've been meaning to try wine in soap for a while now. Thanks for reminding me!

soapjam said...

Love the deep dark plum color and the smooth texture! I have not yet tried wine soap but when I do, I hope to remember to boil it down. :-)

Jennifer Young said...

Coco, Hey Goth Soaps!!! Cool. Hope construcion is going awesome on your holiday home in Galicia!! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Moj Sapun, Thank you so much!! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Jenny, Thanks for your comment. I look foward to seeing your wine soap experiments!! xo jen

Jennifer Young said...

Soapjam, Thank you! Look forward to your experiments!!!! xo jen

bagatha said...

Oh man. I just tried a wine soap yesterday. We bought some wine that we both found profoundly undrinkable (once perfectly happy with the £3-£5 Lidl reds (neither of us can face spending more than that on a regular basis, as in Rome we got perfectly nice red for €2). we've become a bit spoiled since Marks & Spencer started doing 25% off 6 bottles of twice-that-expensive wines, which is a shame) so I boiled it down a few days ago and froze it so I could play in the future.

It accelerated like whoa. I hand-stirred it, probably for a bit longer than was necessary, as I'm terrified of false trace and not experienced enough to recognise it. I had visions of adding cocoa powder to some of it and making pretty swirls and even trying for a heart shape down the middle of a pringles can. It was way too gloopy for that, but I went ahead and mixed cocoa powder into half of it because, dammit, I wanted swirls and I was bloody well going to get them.

It's still a bit soft now, so I haven't taken it out of the mold. We'll see. I have noticed that the wine doesn't stay red. At least this one didn't. I was hoping, but not necessarily expecting, that it would. Oh well! I might try paprika-infused oil next time and see what that does.

Long story. I am so interesting! Manpartner is, I suspect, getting sick of me babbling at him about soap, though, so I have to babble at someone/thing. :D

Jennifer Young said...

Bagatha, I was interested!! Thanks for telling me your wine story... I have had no problem with the colour of this one. I used red clay, but it is much darker than any other soap I have made with red clay. I think the wine has made it darker and the ash. But it certainly does more fast and I almost scoop instead of pour. When are you posting pix? Can't wait to see them!! xo Jen