Research, research, research is the best first step to getting started in soapmaking. But that research doesn’t have to expensive. In addition to online soapmaking tutorials, a collection of good soapmaking books can go a long way to providing more in depth information on the chemistry of soapmaking that will assist you moving forward to both more complex recipes as well as getting started creating your own custom homemade soap recipes.
One of many helpful soapmaking books to get you started in modern soapmaking that won’t break your budget is Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. The kindle version of this soapmaking book is just $2.99! Not only does it contain a plethora of useful information on making cold process soap, it also contains both customary and metric measurements and a list of suppliers in FIVE countries, making it suitable for international soapmakers. In addition, after reading this book, Anne will personally answer questions you may have on soapmaking on her website.
Other great soapmaking resources include the 2016 release Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola, The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso – You can read this book free if you sign up for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Free 30-day trial – Soap Maker’s Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap by Robert S. McDaniel and Katherine J. McDaniel – this book comes with an instructional DVD, and the more traditional book, Milk Soapmaking also by Anne L. Watson, Ultimate Guide To Soap Making by Amanda McCarthy, The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch that includes a great troubleshooting section and a chart that lists the properties of the most commonly used oils.
Other books you may find of interest include The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz – or read free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited –The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard, Soap Queen Business Handbook by Anne-Marie Faiola for those interested in selling homemade soaps, Soap Queen Cold Process Soap and Soap Queen Lotions, Scrubs, Salts and More Projects by Anne-Marie Faiola – both also free to read with Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert and Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes.
As with most books, the kindle versions of these books, if available, are significantly cheaper in most cases than the paper version. If you don’t have a kindle you can read kindle eBooks using the free Kindle Reading App on most devices.
You may also want to read my online soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here which includes links to other helpful resources, tools and charts as well as my article on how to create your own custom cold process soap recipe using a lye calculator here. Or discover a plethora of homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.