"ATTENTION… Stop Making Soap the Hard Way! Who Else Wants to Learn the Art of Soap Making? At Last! Soap Making Made Easy, Cheap and Fast."
Dear Soap Makers,
aking home-made soap need not be a difficult process. Soap making is a unique blending of science and art. As a science, the making of soap is the combining of chemicals, fat (some use vegetable, others use animal), and various types of alkali. The process of making soap is called "saponification" which basically means "the reaction of a metallic alkali (base) with a fat or oil to form soap."
Soap making allows you to create your own line of virtually endless collections of products that you can use as great gifts or even for starting up your own homemade soap business. With this book, you can make practical soaps for cleaning your home, special and elegant soaps with wonderful fragrances and many, many other varieties of soaps.
"As an art, soap making brings out your inner creativity as you begin to experiment with different color combinations, sizes, shapes and scents. There is no limit to the many possible permutations that can be done during the process of soap making."
The art and science of soap making has been transformed so much throughout the ages that the commercial soaps we find available for our daily use is no longer 'soap' in its truest sense. Rather, these soaps are more synthetic detergents made through factory mass production processes made popular during World War II as a response to wartime's shortage of soap making oils.
Many of the methods being currently employed by home soap makers are actually revivals of pre twentieth century techniques used before.
In this day and age, with many varieties of soaps so readily available at stores and supermarkets, many people would think "why bother with making home made soap by hand?" and actually be right. It's much, much easier to just walk into a shop, chose a bar off the shelves and pay for it than actually taking the time and effort to create your own.
In fact, it is truly incredible to understand just how much effort and thought goes into making even just a single bar of soap. Soaps can be moulded, stamped, decorated and finally wrapped up in an assortment of different ways, all of which allow their creator to exercise the artist in him or her. Not only are you surrounded by fantastic scents as you work, soap making also gives you an infinite palette of textures and colors which you can use to create your designs. It also gives you a chance to exercise a multitude of disciplines.
For people fond of cooking…
soap making actually requires your culinary skills. Also, it is most likely that most of the materials needed for you to make your own home soap is already found in your own kitchen, so that means you won’t have to go to any great expenses in order to start up even as a hobby.
For others who are health conscious and those who are environmentalists…
making your own homemade soap gives you the chance to control what goes on your skin and forget about the commercial bars currently being sold in stores that masquerade as soap. The recipes in this book contain no additives, preservatives or chemicals that may otherwise harm you, your skin or the environment. It is more than possible for you to create a wonderful bar of soap using completely natural components that will not lose their potency over time.
For the inner scientist in all of you…
soap making can be quite the unpredictable art. You can spend hours trying to understand and predict that changes in color, the unique shapes, even the unusual and unexpected textures that you stumble upon during the learning and creative process. You don’t have to be perfect and arrive at the destination immediately with no fuss, but rather, the journey itself is the fun part.
There are many reasons for one to go into soap making. Some go into it as a business, some do it for health reasons, some do it as a hobby. But the one thing they all share in common is: soap making is just plain fun to do!