Category Archives: wine soap

Merlot Wine Soap


The awesome thing about being a soapmaker is that you always get to make and try new soaps. This merlot wine soap I made is my new favorite.

This soap smells like fresh fruit, roses and wine and I almost want to bite into it. It’s also super sudsy, with lots of bubbly action going on.

For this particular batch, I used an Australian merlot from McGuigan Winery.

I checked out their website and saw that they have been making wine since 1869! How cool is that?

Merlot bars will be up for sale on the website on December 2nd. Get your bar before they are gone!





Today Havelina Soap will be making it’s FIRST EVER debut at the Soroptomist Holiday Boutique from 10 am – 4 pm!

And we have several goodies for you: Soapy 4 Packs, Natural soap (Simple Soap, Beer Soap, Nayko’s French Lavender and more), Sugar Whipped Soap Scrubs, Herbal Glycerin Soap, Holiday Glycerin Soap and our brand new Naked Lip Scrub! Come try the Sugar Whipped Soap and our Naked Lip Scrub. You will love both.

Every year, Soroptomist International of the East Bay has a holiday boutique with proceeds going towards the foundation. This is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions who work towards the advancement of human rights and the status of women. What better place for me to be?

The boutique will be at:

The Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant

101 Parrot Street, San Leandro, CA (510-357-3571)

The Englander is near the corner of E. 14th Street and Dolores Avenue with plenty of street parking. (And, the place even has great fish and chips).

So if you find yourself in the East Bay today or just want to support a great cause, come join us! See you there.


Sneak Peek At The New Store


Well dear friends, I’ve admitted this many times, I am technologically ignorant.

BUT I have gotten the online store up.

Say what? Oh yeah, I have finally figured out how to do this. *smile*

Right now, the store is preview mode, so why don’t you mosy on over and take a quick peek? Not all products are listed just yet and some of the soaps will be released as they are fully cured. And as a special treat, all of you dear readers will have a special 25% off discount code ready for grand opening! (You may even get some other treats. Shhhhhhh!)

So for now, check the store out at The grand opening is only days away…


Chardonnay Soap


A few days ago I made a batch of wine soap using 3 Blind Moose Chardonnay.

This is wine from our central coast which has been producing some very high quality spirits. I tried to find some contact information for 3 Blind Moose so I could send them a bar, but alas, I had no luck. (3 Blind Moose, if you’re reading this, let me know if I can send you a bar!)

Anyway, the chardonnay started out a beautiful light golden color but didn’t stay that way long. As I added water and lye to the wine, it turned this gorgeous orange color:

If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was beer.

I was really excited to mix all the ingredients together because I couldn’t wait to see what color this was going to turn out. I thought the soap would be a light yellow and had planned on mixing in some orange oxides (colorants) to give the bar a little extra character. This bar didn’t need any help with color. This is how it looked this evening when I pulled them out of the mold and cut them up:

These look like pumpkin pie filling.

These didn’t turn out at all like I thought they would, but I love them. They are scented with litsea cubeba (citrus smelling) and grapefruit essential oils. I am going to have them ready for a holiday show I’m doing and will also be including them in the beer & wine four pack sampler I’m putting together. Can’t wait to show them to you again when they’re ready!