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Takes the Problem Out of Problem Soaps!

Cool Soapmaking
The Smart and Simple Guide to
Low-Temp Tricks for Making Soap with
Milk, Citrus, Cucumber, Pine Tar, Beer,
Wine, and Other Special Ingredients

By Anne L. Watson

General Info
Contents
Sample Text

Soapmakers may love to add a variety of materials to soap, but they find that some cause more trouble than others. In the heat of the chemical reaction, an ingredient might discolor, or lose its scent, or develop a bad smell. Or it might cause problems during soapmaking, giving off noxious fumes, or making the soap harden so fast that there’s no time to pour it in the mold.

Help has arrived.

Anne L. Watson extends the low-temp techniques from her book Milk Soapmaking to making soap from a variety of special ingredients, including cucumber, citrus, pine tar, beer, and wine. Soaps that have long challenged home soapmakers will now pose no problem at all.


Anne L. Watson is the author of the wildly popular and widely acclaimed beginners book Smart Soapmaking and its companions, Milk Soapmaking and Smart Lotionmaking. She has made soap professionally under the company name Soap Tree, and before her retirement was a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne’s other published books include Baking with Cookie Molds and several novels. Anne, her husband, Aaron, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Friday Harbor, Washington.


Shepard Publications
Paperback ~ 2016
Ebook ~ 2016

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Book cover: Cool Soapmaking


Contents

GETTING STARTED
(From High-Temp Soapmaking to Low)

WHAT DO I PUT INTO IT?
(The Ingredients of Cool Soapmaking)

WHAT DO I USE TO MAKE IT?
(Gathering the Equipment You Need)

PROJECT #1: MILK SOAPS

Recipe: Anne’s Cool Milk Soap

COOL SOAPMAKING STEP-BY-STEP
(From Prep to Cleanup and Beyond)

PROJECT #2: CUCUMBER SOAPS

Recipe: Basic Cucumber Soap
Recipe: Cucumber Yogurt Soap
Recipe: Cucumber Green Clay Soap
Recipe: Cucumber Apricot Soap
Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Soap

Sidebar: Designing Cucumber Soaps

PROJECT #3: CITRUS SOAPS

Recipe: Basic Citrus Soap
Recipe: Orange Yogurt Soap
Recipe: Citrus Honey Soap
Recipe: Ruby Red Grapefruit Soap

Sidebar: Designing Citrus Soaps

PROJECT #4: SOAPS WITH ACCELERANTS

Recipe: Sweet Bay Soap
Recipe: Pine Tar Soap

Sidebar: Designing Soaps with Accelerants

PROJECT #5: BEER AND WINE SOAPS

Recipe: Basic Beer Soap
Recipe: Chocolate Ale Soap
Recipe: Red Wine Soap
Recipe: White Wine Soap
Recipe: Anne’s Coconut Beer Soap

Sidebar: Designing Beer and Wine Soaps

WHY? WHY? WHY?
(Frequently Asked Questions)

WHERE TO FIND MORE


Sample Text

From the beginning of soapmaking, people have made it “hot.” In fact, professional soapmakers used to be called soap boilers and shared a patron saint with firefighters.

As far as I can tell, the kind of soapmaking now called hot process was the rule for both family and commercial soapmaking all the way up to around 1940. At that time, companies that manufactured lye began to market it for home soapmaking, which was falling out of fashion. The new method came to be known as cold process—a term I’ve found from as early as that same period, in a lye company pamphlet.

Though in cold process the soap mixture isn’t “cooked,” it isn’t really cold either, as its temperature usually falls somewhere between room temperature and 110°F (43°C). Still, cold process seemed simpler, possibly safer, and was less intimidating to beginners. So, as craft soapmaking became popular, cold process was the technique favored in many books.

More recently, soapmakers adding milk to their soaps have come up with a version of cold process that truly does involve lower temperatures. In my book Milk Soapmaking, I called it Cool Technique. It uses frozen liquid to counteract the heat generated by the dissolving lye. This aims to keep the milk as cold as possible, to avoid browning the milk sugars and darkening the soap.

After writing that book, I continued to refine Cool Technique. But more important, I discovered that its usefulness goes far beyond milk soap. In fact, it can help wherever high temperatures cause problems of scorching, fumes, acceleration, or other unwanted reactions.

Anne’s Soap and Lotion Books

Book cover: Smart SoapmakingBook cover: Milk SoapmakingBook cover: Smart LotionmakingBook cover: Castile SoapmakingBook cover: Cool Soapmaking


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