some good, clean fun making your own soap. This is not a book
of ideas for melt-and-pour mixtures, but one on how to make
soap from scratch. This is a lengthy process involving some
substances which can be harmful, but the result is stunning
and as this method retains the glycerine much better for the
skin. Interested? Let’s take a closer look.
have seen various books on soap before, but usually they are
about using premade mixes which is what I do. This book explains
the process of making soap from understanding the terminology,
to learning about the often unfamiliar ingredients through
to putting it all together. You need to sit down and read
through it more than once but rest assured that this author
explains it as simply as possible and that it is all perfectly
doable with patience, care and a few items you probably won’t
own, such as a very tall saucepan. Most of the complicated
part features some very useful staged photographs, and after
you have mastered the basics there are eighteen different
recipes to try and well as washing and shaving soap. Use kitchen
ingredients such as cucumber, yoghourt, olive oil and honey
for a very natural product but also have fun with dyes, fancy
molds and fragrances. Turn to the back for some useful tables
about the types of fats and how to use them, saponification
numbers, troubleshooting and the all-important suppliers list.
This book was originally published in Germany but there are
also suppliers for other European countries and the UK. Real
soap making is a world away from melt and pour, but a lot
more versatile and the end result is something to be truly
proud of This is not a very long book, so rest assured that
there is not too much to learn and Ms Landmann explains it
all very clearly and simply.
you cannot find a good range of soap making materials locally
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.