Synopses & Reviews
Raleigh Briggs, author of the popular Microcosm title Make Your Place, is back with another pamphlet on better, healthier living. This time around, she tackles soap-making basics, and teaches us how to create silky handmade soaps at home. How To Make Soap contains basic directions, recipes, a list of resources, and assorted tips and tricks to make your homemade soaps special. Raleigh takes a seemingly arduous task, and makes it breezy and fun, with her charming hand-drawn illustrations and easy to follow directions. How to Make Soap is a great guide (and gift!) for the beginning soapmaker, looking for a place to start.
"I gotta admit, up until a few days ago, I didnt know squat about saponification. Hell, I didn't even know what saponification meant (it means soap makin'). Then I saw this zine on how to make soap and it got me thinking. I thought, wow thats cool, I could make my own soap. Seems relatively easy too—not like rebuilding the transmission on a 1969 Chevy Nova or nuthin'. Then I thought, what am I nuts? I am never, ever, never gonna make soap. I dont even use soap! But if I do get the urge to lather up someday and I want to use my own homemade brand of soapy suds, then I have this informative, easy to follow, entertaining and funny guide to help me through the process AND I won't burn my face off." —Reglar Wiglar
"What's best about her zine is how clear it is, with charming diagrams that are halway between visually sublime practical illustrations and phone doodles. Best of all, you really feel like you could make soap." —Roctober
About the Author
Raleigh Briggs is an herbalist, potion maker, DIY homemaker, and the author of Herbal First Aid, Make Your Place, and Nontoxic Housecleaning. She lives in Seattle.