I don’t think there is a more beautiful sight than a vineyard ripe with manicured grape vines giving birth to new limbs teaming with buds and clusters of ripe fruit. Ah! Behold the grape, the Queen of Fruit! You know a particular wine is determined by the type of grape or other fruit component. But did you know that all wines offer a liquid opportunity for the skin to share in the healthful properties of this amazing fruit?
You've most likely enjoyed a glass or two of vino, heck you've probable even cooked with wine but have you bathed with wine? No, I don’t mean have you drunk away the day while soaking in the tub. While this sounds like an valid option after a stressful day, we recommend you leave the bottle in the wine cabinet and grab an amazing bar of wine soap. Wine makes a wonderful, healthy base for soap – all thanks to that little beauty, the grape.
Grapes are a powerhouse of antioxidants, rich in nutrients that carry anti-inflammatory properties to combat against uneven skin tone and dark spots, inflammation and sun damage. The substantial amounts of Vitamin C and E make this fruit a natural combatant of aging and acne. While the combination of these two super vitamins can also help lighten scars and increase blood circulation to the skin and scalp, the skin and seeds of red grapes contain resveratrol. Resveratrol is thought to provide red wine with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Along with all of the antioxidants and nutrients, wine is a lather booster. The natural sugars found in wine create amazing luscious bubbles. I mean we like big bubbles and we cannot lie! Admit it, you just sang that didn’t you? Ok, back to lather… Why is it so important for soap to lather? Soap lather breaks up dirt, oil, and other unwanted stuff, traps it and creates a mechanism to wash those trapped “nasties” away. Most commercial soaps use a chemical surfactant to produce the same lather naturally created by wine. At A|D Candle and Body, we avoid chemical surfactants at all cost. There’s just no need for an unnecessary chemical in a cleansing routine.
Making wine soap can be tricky, though. No wine soap can be crafted without first removing the alcohol content from the wine (wine lover's insert tears here). While this sounds blasphemous, alcohol not only inhibits saponification (the chemical process of making soap) it's drying to the skin. By removing the alcohol through a heat process, the wine becomes concentrated – almost a bit like syrup. The deep purple (Merlot), rich burgundy (Cabernet Sauvignon) and satiny cream (Pinot Gris and Chardonnay) color of our wine soaps are the natural result of this process. The amount of time added to crafting these soaps is rewarded by the amazing soap bar produced.
While any wine can be mixed in soap, we prefer to work with 100% fruit wines from our region. We have worked hard to source local products that add a bit of New Mexico flair and align with our New Mexico True Certified mark. Fortunately, we are nestled between our four favorite vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms! New Mexico has more than 600 wineries producing nearly 900,000 US Gallons of wine annually. A few of our favorites are Gruet Winery’s 2015 Chardonnay , Black Mesa Winery’s Santa Fe Vineyard’s Merlot, Vivac Winery’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon V. Series and Don Quixote Distillery and Winery’s Red River Valley Pinot Gris. Just like cooking with wine, don’t soap with a wine you would spit out! The characteristics of a great wine will carry through to your soap.
Wine is a wonderful cleansing and moisturizing experience. Incorporated into soap, this tried and true beverage adds a boost of antioxidants and nutrients to your skincare regimen. With a rich and luxurious bar of wine soap from A|D Candle and Body, anytime is wine time. Check out our selection of wine soap to enhance your cleansing regimen and the next time you attend a BYOB event add a bar of wine soap to your bottle of wine!