Today, April 12, is Drop Everything And Read Day.
There’s not much I like better than a deep dive into a novel, but today I’m going to highlight a few books of the non-fiction variety that can help us become better makers.
First, a bit of science. “Everything You Need to Ace Chemistry in One Big Fat Notebook” by Jennifer Swanson and Workman Publishing is a great place to begin. What does a high school chemistry book have to do with soapmaking? A lot! It doesn’t matter how recently your last chemistry class was, this book will be a great refresher course and help you understand the science behind the art of soapmaking. Best of all, it’s highly portable! The 6 x 8.25 inch book can easily fit into any handbag or backpack for reading when a few minutes come around.
Marie Gale is the author of two of our favorite books for makers: “Soap & Cosmetic Labeling” and “Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters.” Both books are written in simple language, making the complexities of the topics easy to understand. Just because most of us are small scale makers does not mean we don’t have to follow the regulations.
“The Soapmaker’s Companion” by Susan Miller Cavitch is a marvelous book to add to your collection. This tome is an illustrated guide to making over 40 specialty soaps, from exquisite stained-glass, marbled, and layered soaps to soothing masseuse bars, hardworking laundry soap, and practical liquid soaps.
Finally, a book about lotions! “Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions” by Donna Maria may be the best place to start to give you answers to your lotion questions. Learn about emulsions and how to work with thickeners and additives for the best creams you can make.
Just one more, because we all love our coffee, right? “The Home Barista” by Simone Egger and Ruby Ashby Orr is a wonderful introduction to a barista’s craft for those of us who’ve never stood before an espresso machine but love to drink great coffee creations. Andee particularly loves this book and can often be found poring over its pages.
That’s all from me for now. Do you have a favorite book to recommend? If so, tell us in the comments!