Learn How to Make Natural Soap
The Natural Soap Book Teaches You How to Make Organic Soap
It’s fun to learn how to make natural soap at home. Author Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soap making, sharing her formulas for making high-quality, vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin and free of synthetic additives.
By following the step-by-step instructions, you can learn how to make natural soap at home with a small investment in equipment and supplies.
The Natural Soap Book covers all the basics you’ll need to know to learn how to make homemade soap. Easy instructions include:·
• Soap 101: What soap is, how soap cleans, different kinds of soap, and the differences between natural vs. store-bought soap.
• Oil and fat: If you want to know how to make coconut oil soap, olive oil soap, or even cottonseed oil soap, there is a thorough listing of various types of oils and how each will affect the finished product.
• Lye and water: Explains what lye is, what type of water to use, and important safety precautions to follow when handling lye and making soap.
• Customizing your soap: Scents and essential oils, colorants, nutrients, and preservatives to use to enable you to learn how to make organic soap that meets your needs.
• Equipment: What you’ll need before you begin, including pans, scales, and safety equipment. Hints on what type of equipment to avoid.
• Making soap: Includes easy soap recipes for beginners, diagnosing signs of trouble, and cutting and trimming your finished product.
• Finishing touches: Creative ideas for wrapping soap for gift-giving or selling.
• Resources: An explanation behind the chemistry of making soap, a list of suppliers, a glossary of key terms, and a list of suggested further reading.
The Natural Soap Book provides detailed, yet very easy-to-understand instructions that will teach a beginner how to make organic soap quickly. Helpful illustrations can be found throughout the book. The chapter on diagnosing trouble is invaluable to any beginning soapmaker.
Once a beginning soap maker learns the fundamentals of how to make natural soap, The Natural Soap Book encourages experimentation and customization. The detailed descriptions of the various types of oil or fat not only describe how each works with the finished product but also how each benefits the skin. Similarly, the chapter on nutrients details the benefits of selected additives, from moisturizing to healing to soothing.
Not unlike cooking, baking, or canning, learning how to make natural soap takes some practice and patience. By following the step-by-step instructions, observing safety precautions, and doing a little planning a novice soap maker should see quick success.
Excerpts from The Natural Soap Book:
“The soapmaking process accelerates quickly, so you’re more likely to succeed if the ingredients and supplies are sitting there waiting for you. Plan time to set up your area and equipment well before you actually make soap.”
“Everyone, especially beginners, should wear goggles and gloves as a safety precaution. Purchase gloves that are somewhat close-fitting, allowing you a degree of feel. Make sure that the material is not slippery; it’s important to have a reliable grasp.”
Basic Soap Making is an additional soap-making resource you may enjoy for learning how to make bar soap.
Good luck in your quest to master how to make organic soap!