Making Craft Soap: A Timeless Gift Idea
Making soap can be fun and a rewarding experience.
‘300 Handcrafted Soaps’ : It is about 300 types of easy to make soaps fragrant with cinnamon, naturally colored, stamped or laminated, fizzy during bath, and having a written message.
'The Art of Crafting, Molding, Scenting & Coloring': This book is about transparent soaps with easily available equipments, supplies, or overly complex preparation methods.
‘Making Soaps’ : This is a book about step by step instruction on soap making using traditional, natural ingredients and the latest techniques and tools, to create soaps of all kinds.
‘Making Natural Milk Soap’ : Here there is secrets of making moisturizing, skin-nourishing soaps with milk.
‘Making Natural Liquid Soaps’: The book is written by Catherine Failor about all-natural liquid soaps using a simple double-boiler technique.
‘Making Soap for Fun and Profit’ : This is about how to make soap the old fashioned way using new fangled methods, using tallow, vegetable shortening and/or a wide variety of oils such as olive, coconut, avacodo etc to make soap which lasts like our ancestors.
‘Making Soaps & Scents’ : With this book, one can create a wide variety of perfumes, colognes and splashes, . from Buttermilk Oatmeal Soap and Tangerine Cocoa Bar to Lemon Lavender Shampoo.
‘Country Living Handmade Soap’ : This book is about handmade soaps, using ingredients such as violet petals, oatmeal, and lavender, with tips on monogramming bars, shaping, coloring, and more.
‘The Soapmaker’ : The book features a collection of over sixty recipes, using whipped cream and transparent glycerine soaps, shower gels, bubble baths, shampoos, and conditioners.
‘Crafting Soap at Home’ : This is good reference material for fabulous fragrant and rich-lathering soaps that use only natural ingredients and essential oils.
Soap Making Passion
Now a day people are learning more and more about soap-making. Many soaps are available in bar form which can be easily be formed or molded into a desirable shape. The common fact about soap is it is usually a mixture of sodium, potassium, fatty acids, and scent and color dye. Handmade soaps have an excess of fat to consume the alkali (potassium) making it more hand-friendly. Other softeners added are shea butter or jojoba oil.
If you are a craft enthusiast, looking for a new hobby or want to have a special gift idea, then soap-making can be a good option. One needs to know about the ingredients about a particular type of soap, and the instruction to process. The tricks are given that will make great soap are during combining and equalizing the temperature of the water, lye and oils. One has to be particular about how the expert combines the ingredients and additives. The other thing is how to make a hand milled soap, all of which can be great if one is imaginative about doing it a little differently.
Considerations to Keep in Mind When Making Soap
There are two major traits to homemade soap; skin care and germ/bacteria removal. A soap not only cleanses the skin, but also helps balance and protect it from harsh elements, pollution, sun. All you want from such a soap is a balanced pH with adequate moisturizing levels. It also is meant to remove germ/bacteria by washing away impurities.
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