Handmade Soap Making Books
I have many aspiring crafters ask where to get
recipes and how to get started. There are many books about soap
many available, so which one to choose. First go to Amazon and
search "soap making". Now go through the list and read all of
the reviews. This is the fastest way to get a good soap recipe.
The authors many times will review their own recipes for you.
If you see a comment such as "this is a rich recipe", you have
your choice right there. Use their experience and kno owledge
to get started. You can always make adjustments to the rexipe
and make the reipe your own down the road.
The first book on the list is "Smart Soapmaking" by Anne L Watson.
This a best seller for reason. It is a great starter book but
I would not recipes from this book because of here cavalier attitude
toward measurements. Great for beginners and for getting inspiration
and new ideas, but please look for another book from which to
get your recipes. This book is available used for about $12.00,
you can get this one as reference and keep it handy for cool ideas.
The next book "Soapmaker's Companion" by Susan Miller Cavitch
is a comprehensive guide to making everything bath and body. There
is a plethora of recipes here and I would recommend starting out
with thye simplest ones. This has always been my advice as you
can always add to your reipe once you have found a recipe that
has a great base. When I say great base I mean the three major
oils "by weight" make a great soap on their own Then adding secondary
oils is breeze. Try this with Susan's recipes and I'm sure you
will come up with your own awesome signature
The Everything Soapmaking Book, by Alicia Grosso
is an interesting book. This book covers a great amount of soap
making techniques not available in other books and is very good
about answersing questions the sopamker has as they go through
the soap making process. There are not a lot of illustrations
or photos that can greatly help a book like this that is trying
to answer specific procedural aspects of asoapmaking. This is
another book I recommend that you should have as a reference guide
for soap making questions.
The last book I am reviewing to day is "Soap:
Making It, Enjoying It" by Ann Bramson. This an older book, 1975,
where a lot of information has been improved and updated since
this book was writte. I would say save your money on this one
and get a book that has been published more recently, because
of improvements in soap making technologies(think recipes).
What is your favorite book to get recipes and
soap making ideas from? Have you written your own soap making
book Please let us know and we will give you a free link to your
book from this page.