Cold Process Wine Soap Recipe

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This cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that's sat in the fridge too long.

This cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that’s sat in the fridge too long or simply wasn’t too your liking. Like making homemade beer soap, however, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions and make sure you’re starting with icy cold wine and mixing in a sink or other contained area.

This cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that's sat in the fridge too long.

Cold Process Wine Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


12.6 oz. lard
7.2 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
5.4 oz. castor oil
5.4 oz. rice bran oil
5.4 oz. pomace olive oil

11. 8 fluid oz. cold wine
4.7 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2-2.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils = 33%
8% superfat
1 oz. fragrance oil per pound

Lard used as 35% of the oils in this recipe, coconut oil at 20% and castor, rice bran and olive oil at 15%.

This is a palm free cold process soap recipe but if you want a vegan soap you can substitute the lard with an equal amount of palm oil and adjust the lye to 4.8 oz. The olive and rice bran oils can easily be substituted in all or part with canola and/or grape seed oil.

(If you want to rebatch this soap after to add some extra goodies, omit the fragrance oil and add 1 oz. of fragrance when you rebatch. That recipe will follow this one.)

This cold process wine soap recipe yields 10-12 bars around 4 oz. each and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.


Follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to make this cold process wine soap recipe. (If you’ve never made soap before there’s a great, inexpensive beginner cold process soap recipe here.)

Begin by measuring out the chilled wine of your choice in fluid ounces. I used a local white wine for my recipe. Put into a heat safe pitcher and place in the sink. Now using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye a little at a time into the wine. Stir well after each pour to dissolve. Don’t rush it. It will seem like there’s not a huge reaction however the wine will go from yellow to orange at which point mine boiled then turned a dark brownish-orange. Once you’ve added all the lye and it’s been dissolved in the wine set it aside to cool.

Continue by weighing out the soapmaking oils and combining in a stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat until melted then remove from heat and set a side to cool.

When both the lye-water and oils have cooled to 90°-95°F you’re ready to mix them together. The wine in this recipe does seem to increase trace so if you’re using a fragrance oil you may want to mix it into the oils before adding the lye-water. If you’ll be rebatching later or want an unscented soap you don’t need to add the fragrance oil.

Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach trace the pour the soap into your prepared mold.

After 24 hours you can unmold your soap and cut it into bars. Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.

A little something extra.

My dad and son love when I take my cold process soap recipes and rebatch them to add some extra love to them as they both have very dry skin in the winter. So that’s what I did for this recipe. If you want to rebatch your soap simply grate the soap with a cheese grater after unmolding the loaf and combine in a stainless steel pot or double boiler with the following.

Rebatch Wine Soap Recipe

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loaf of cold process wine soap, grated (recipe above)
1 oz. fragrance oil, optional (if loaf is unscented & fragrance is desired)
1 oz. pure coconut water (not from concentrate)
1.5 oz. aloe vera gel
.25 oz. beeswax
1 oz. cocoa butter


Combine the grated wine soap into a large pot or double boiler on the stove. Weigh out the coconut water, aloe vera gel, beeswax and cocoa butter and combine with the soap over medium-low to low heat, stirring often to avoid scorching.

Once the soap and the added ingredients have melted, add the fragrance oil if desired or omitted from the previous cold process wine soap recipe. Mix well to combine then pour into your prepared mold. (In this case I used the same mold I had used for the cold process wine soap recipe. )

Allow the soap to harden two to three days then unmold and cut the soap into bars. Allow to cure 4-6 weeks.

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Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmilled Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe with Coffee

This homemade soap recipe is made by rebatching or handmilling unscented cold process soap and then adding additional ingredients to give its skin conditioning properties a boost. In lieu of using water in this handmilled soap recipe, I chose instead to use a strong brewed espresso coffee and then combined it with a bourbon vanilla fragrance oil making it a wonderful unisex scent choice for both men and women. Plus, shea and cocoa butters give dry skin that extra bit of love.

This homemade soap recipe is simple to make and the resulting handmilled soaps serve as lovely homemade gifts or DIY wedding favors any time of year. Dad is sure to love these as homemade Father’s Day gifts too!

Homemade Soap Recipe for Making DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap

Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe

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24 oz. unscented cold process soap, grated (Make it!)
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cocoa butter
2.5 oz. strong brew espresso coffee
1 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
.85 oz. bourbon vanilla fragrance oil


How to Make Homemade Soap by Rebatching or Handmilling

Begin by weighing out the unscented soap using a digital scale – I used my own unscented goat milk soap – then grate into a large bowl.

Homemade Soap Recipe - How to Make Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

Weigh out the espresso coffee, shea butter, cocoa butter and fractionated coconut oil and combine with the grated soap in a stainless steel pot.

Handmilled Soap Recipe - How to Make Homemade Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

Place the pot on the stove over medium heat until the shea and cocoa butters have melted, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the soap looks like it has melted. Stir in the fragrance oil until fully incorporated then remove from heat.

How to Rebatch Soap and a Homemade DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap Recipe

Spoon the soap evenly into each of the six cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold.

Homemade Soap Recipe - DIY Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe for Homemade Gifts or DIY Wedding Favors

Once soaps have hardened completely, carefully push each soap bar out of the mold and then set aside to allow excess water to evaporate. This could take several days to a week or more depending on your humidity levels. Then wrap and label as desired.

You may also want to try out these other homemade soap recipes for making handmilled soaps: Men’s Seriously Sexy Homemade Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Rosehip Homemade Facial Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Lavender & Sea Salt Homemade Soap Recipe, Handmilled Heart Shaped Soap Recipe for Valentine’s Day, and my Homemade Shaving Soap in a Mug Recipe. Or use this same round mold to create your own DIY Melt and Pour Loofah Soaps!

For even more homemade soap recipes, including melt and pour soap recipes and cold process soap recipes visit my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

DIY Handmade Shaving Soap in a Mug – Great Father’s Day Gift

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Want to make a personalized gift for dad on Father’s Day? Then try your hand at crafting a handmade shaving soap mug! This craft project makes a great Father’s Day gift and even the kids can join in on this one!
Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s what you do:

1. Grate your bar of handmade soap or leftover soap slivers into a saucepan.

2. Your grated soap should look like this. There’s no need to grate it as fine as possible. Stir in 3 Tablespoons of milk (alternately you may use distilled water, but I think milk works best) and put on medium heat.

3. Stir the soap occasionally until fully melted. Once melted stir in your choice of essential oils or fragrance oils and mix well. Sandalwood is a great choice for a masculine scented essential oil as is a combination of cedar and sage essential oils. Generally you’ll want to use about 2-4% of essential oil per your total soap weight or 4-8% in fragrance oils. But always refer to manufacturer guidelines on how much fragrance or essential oil should be used. I used a fragrance oil called Edward’s Temptation for this soap that is a blend of Bergamot, Rosemary, Moss, Sandalwood, Mint, and Amber.

4. Spoon the melted soap into your clean mug. Then allow to cool and harden. The soap is ready to be used as soon as it has hardened and all excess liquid has evaporated from the soap.

5. Pair your mug of shaving soap with a Shaving Brush and gift to your favorite man!

Alternately this method of soapmaking – which is commonly referred to as handmilling or rebatching – can be used with any leftover handmade soap to create new soaps with a fresh, new fragrance outside of a mug. Instead of pouring the soap into mugs, simply pour it into molds and remove once hardened. (The soap will shrink slightly as the excess liquid evaporates making them easier to remove from the molds.) Or, wait for the melted soap to cool and roll into soap balls. Gifting can be as easy as wrapping in waxed paper with a ribbon!

Looking for a homemade Father’s Day gift to buy? Try my Handmade Big Lick Salt Bar. Or follow my new Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest for homemade gifts for dad that you can buy and diy!

Easy Kids Craft Project: DIY Handmade Soap for Mother’s Day

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Happen to have lots of leftover soap slivers? Don’t throw them out! Use them to craft new soaps. Here’s an easy handmade soap project you do on a weekend afternoon with the kids with quick results from left over glycerin soap slivers and a bit of new melt and pour soap. These soaps are quick and easy and make a fun kids’ project or a simple Mother’s Day gift that kids can craft mostly themselves depending on their age. (Be sure to always provide age appropriate adult supervision.)

What you’ll need:

leftover glycerin soap slivers
melt and pour soap base of choice
peppermint essential oil
mixing spoon
glass measuring cup
containers to use as molds
plastic wrap


1. Cut your left over soap slivers into small chunks.

2. Line your containers you’ll be using as molds with plastic wrap. I used lids to some of my pottery dishes. But you can also use muffins tins or cups. Just be sure the opening of the container is slightly wider than the base, otherwise it will be difficult to get the soap out!

3. Place an assortment of your soap chunks from your leftover soaps in the lined molds.

4. Cut up some fresh melt and pour glycerin soap base into chunks. I used a natural, opaque shea butter glycerin melt and pour soap base. The amount is up to you based on how many smaller soaps you want to create. Take note of how much soap you are using however, by weighing out the soap either before or after you cut it into chunks. This will determine how much fragrance to use.

5. Melt your uncolored, unscented soap base in a glass measuring cup or other glass container in the microwave. Don’t let the base boil.

6. Mix the melted soap base to be sure it’s melted through. Measure out your peppermint essential oil for fragrance. The essential oil should equal 2% by weight of the total amount of your soap base by weight. This makes for a great math lesson for the kids! Note that you can use any fragrance you like, but I like to use peppermint as it tends to mix well with almost any fragrance that may still be left in your cut up, leftover soap chunks. Plus it’s a refreshing scent most people like and it’s great for circulation! Use tripled distilled or Japanese peppermint essential oil for a more peppermint candy like scent rather than a medicinal fragrance. Mix the peppermint essential oil into the soap base and stir well.

7. Pour the peppermint scented soap base into the molds over top of your leftover, colored soap chunks. If you’d like your chunks to “float” within the soaps you’ll need to use a suspension soap base. However, you probably won’t need a suspension soap base unless you are using a larger mold like a loaf mold.

8. Place your soaps in the molds in the freezer for about a half hour. (Not necessary, but they will solidify faster this way and the kids won’t have to wait as long!)

9. Remove from the soaps from the molds once solidified and peel away the plastic film. Use immediately in your shower or by the sink. Or wrap tightly in plastic film to store for use later or so the kids can gift to friends and family.

If you don’t have leftover glycerin soaps, you can use soap slivers from your regular bath soap or cold process handmade soaps. This process is known as rebatching or handmilling soap and involves grating the leftover soap slivers and combining with a bit of milk or water in a pan over heat on the stove top or in an oven. This process is a great way to use up leftover soap bits, but it does take some time for the excess water to evaporate from your bars before use. You can find instructions on how to make handmilled soap here.

For more on making melt and pour soaps, be sure to check out Lisa Maliga’s The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting.

Lavender Citrus Soap – Handmilled Soap Recipe

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2 cups grated soap
1/2 cup water
6 vitamin E capsules
1 T. ground dried lemon verbena leaves
1 T. dried lavender buds
10 drops lavender oil
20 drops sweet orange oil
Melt soap with water over low heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat and mix well. Add vitamin E oil and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into molds and allow to harden.
To Make Soap Balls:
Rather than pouring into molds, allow the soap has to cool and thicken slightly. Then scoop out a small handful of the soap and roll into a ball. As the soap cures, press the soap into a firmer and smoother shape. Cure for about one week.
Lavender buds will discolor the soap. Use calendula petals if you like the look of the buds to avoid this, or omit the lavender buds altogether. Shop for ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs.