Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soaps

My experience with soap making is pretty simplistic.  I melt blocks of glycerin, add some scents and pour into molds.  And the soap isn't that great.  I was always curious about those beautiful homemade soaps that I purchase at craft fairs.  They obviously didn't take the route I took.

So, I read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soap by Sally W. Trew with Zonella B. Gould.  Yes, that's me when it comes to soap making--a complete idiot.  However, after reading this book, I think making natural soaps is something I could actually do!  There are step-by-step instructions with tips and suggestions along the way.  There are black and white photos demonstrating complicated steps.  Fragrances and oils are explained, hot and cold processes, liquid soap, natural colorants and great recipes.  Some of the recipes include face and body soaps, goat's milk soap, laundry soap, shower gels, shampoos, pet shampoo, tub crayons and gift soaps.  I think this book covers it all!

Sally Trew is the owner of Apples, Woods and berries (awbsupplies.com) an online soap-maker's supplier.  She teaches soap-making classes.  Zonella Gould is the owner of Bosque Bath and Body (bosquebathandbody.com) and makes nearly 3,000 bars of soap every year.

After reading this book, I definitely don't feel like a complete idiot about natural soap making and feel confident that this is something I could take on!  I think this would also make a nice gift for the crafty person.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  This review contains my honest opinions.

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