First was just a total jump right in approach with boiling some red wine to remove the alcohol and then freezing it to eliminate the volcano effect. I mixed the red wine ice cubes with the lye with no extra water. It smelled horrible and turned a dark maroon brown color....looked kind of yuck. I swirled this raw soap mixture in the mold with another batch colored with Rose Clay...calling it Wine & Roses Soap. The red wine soap turned brown after a gel. Days after being cut it still looks the same...no color change. Still a brown. It isn't an ugly brown color, just brown. No smell remains...purely unscented.
Wine & Roses Soap
After this batch, achieving a red color was still on my mind. I wanted to try two more approaches. The second was still red wine, but I was going to add it to the batch by the 50/50 method. And my third attempt was to use tomato paste. I added the paste after a light trace directly to the batch.
Here is a picture of the soap in the mold...the large one is the tomato paste and the smaller one being red wine.
And here they are after a gel and unmolded 24 hours later. The red wine is still brown but not as dark as attempt number one (with it being ice cubes) and the tomato paste is a nice pale orange color.
I decided to make soap balls with the red wine 50/50 soap (second attempt) and have some soybean oil infusing with paprika for a bright orange base to toss the light brown balls into. I'll shake the soybean oil everyday for about a week to get a nice dark color.
Here is the making of the red wine soap balls....totally reminds me of peanut butter balls at Christmas time. As a matter of fact the 50/50 red wine soap looks about the same in color to a batch of peanut butter balls.