What I like best about this book is how comprehensive it is overall. It starts small with many of the basics some instructional guides tend to skip over or breeze through, and expands on the information as you progress. It includes instructions on not only the best way to make your soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results. This helpful how to soapmaking book covers everything from choosing your soap base and molds to adding fragrances, herbs, and color. There’s also information for labeling and packaging your soaps for those wanting to give their end product as gifts or those considering starting their own business.
I was extra excited that Lisa shares her soap secrets in this book. There are a few tips in this book that I learned the hard way on my own which resulted in a disappointing soap. While still usable, it wasn’t pretty. Had I known that lavender buds in melt and pour soaps will discolor the entire bar of soap brown before I made my first lavender scented melt and pour soap, I would have not ended up with some very ugly soap bars. Luckily, Lisa shares her tips on what not to add to melt and pour soaps due to the unflattering results as well as what additives you can use and the results you can expect. Additionally Lisa provides very thorough information on buying fragrance and essential oils, the differences between various methods used to obtain essential oils, and blending tips for creating your own unique scents. There’s also an explanation of the benefits of the various oils, herbs and other additives you may choose to use in your melt and pour soap and a how to on colorants. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find over 85 melt and pour soap recipes you can try out for yourself – from a simple one color-one fragrance recipe to more advanced soap recipes with multiple colors, soap embeds and additional, creative ingredients.
Lisa’s book definitely makes melt and pour soapmaking a rewarding experience for the novice soapmaker. So if you’re just getting started in melt and pour soapmaking or just need a little extra help getting to where you need to be, definitely invest in the book The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga– a hundred and thirty-four pages chock full of information you’ll reference time and again and even includes a list of melt and pour soap suppliers. Buy it and you’ll be making Lisa’s Lentil Bliss Shampoo Bars and Vanilla Bean Speckles Soaps in no time. And not long after, you’re sure to have your own unique recipes under you belt!
This book is available for $5.99 through Amazon.com.