Do you have a crafting to-do list? I do, and it’s about a mile long at this point. One of the things I’ve had on my list for a long time is making soap. It seems like such a fun thing to do! And since I want to avoid ingredients that aren’t natural (or even worse, dangerous), making my own laundry detergent and natural soaps just smakes sense. When presented with the opportunity to review The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Soaps, I jumped at the chance!
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Soaps
What I love about this, and all Complete Idiot’s Guide books, is that it breaks things down in a way that beginners can understand. And trust me, I am definitely a beginner when it comes to soap making! This particular book is written by Sally W. Trew, the owner of an online soap supply business, and Zonella B. Gould, who makes soaps for a living. Because these books are written by experts in their fields, you know the information you’re getting is good.
You can make all types of soaps!
While I expected that this book would just be about bar soaps, I was surprised to see that it encompassed a wide array of all things sudsy:
Face and body soaps
Soaps for babies, teens, and mature skin
Goat’s milk soaps
Shower gels and shampoo
Tub crayons for kids
Decorative and gift soaps
I felt a bit like a chemist
To be honest, I had no idea that there was so much involved in making soap! As someone who flunked high school chemistry, I was a little bit intimidated by it all. The book is easy to read, but as someone who’s not very good with numbers and formulas, I found myself feeling overwhelmed. Luckily the last chapter of the book deals with melt & pour soap making, which is the perfect type of soap making for novices like me. In case you couldn’t guess, it involves melting pre-made soaps, mixing in scents, colorants, and whatever else you want, and pouring the mixture into molds. Easy peasy!
I do wish that this book had color illustrations and images, but overall, I was pleased with its content. If you’re looking for handmade gift ideas for the holidays, this is a fantastic book! You can purchase The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Soaps for $14.95, or even cheaper on Amazon!
*Kiersten received the above product, free of charge, to facilitate this review.