Things You'll Need
- Merlot or Chablis wine
- Glass or any nonmetallic pot
- Measuring cups
- Very large, nonmetallic bowls
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Vegetable shortening melted
- Wooden spoon or immersion blender
- Essential oil mixture that you enjoy
- Vegetable glycerin
- Essential oil
- Soap molds
Wine soap is a very individual and uncommon gift. If you can make a pot of soup, following directions for making soap is not that different. Soap can be a simple mixture, or you can add ingredients that make each type of soap distinctive. This is a project that you can do with your family for your own use or to give as welcome gifts any time of the year.
Simmer 6 oz. of wine for five minutes, and then add enough water so that the liquid equals 18 oz.
Place the wine and water into a very large, nonmetallic bowl. Add 7 ¾ oz. of lye to the liquid, and let it foam. It will foam a lot, so make sure your bowl is large enough to prevent spillage.
Mix together 15 oz. of coconut oil, 15 oz. of olive oil and 24 oz. of vegetable shortening. Add the lye mixture to the oil and shortening mixture when the lye mixture and the oils (containing the melted shortening) feel warm when touched. Mix everything with a wooden spoon or immersion blender.
Add 1 oz. of the blend of essential oils that you have chosen once the mixture of lye and fats has reached a pudding-like consistency. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
Add 1 oz. each of glycerin and essential oil. Pour the entire mixture into a soap mold and allow to sit and harden for at least 48 hours. Remove from mold, and then slice into bars and allow to cure for two to three weeks.
Make soap using different colors and types of wine as gifts.
Always make labels listing ingredients when you make soap for gifts to avoid people having allergic reactions.
Based in West Windsor, N.J., Sarah Silverman has been writing computer- and electronics-related articles since 1990. Her articles have appeared in “Wired” and “Ericsson” magazines. She received the Kim Swiss Award in 2006. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Rochester in New York.