Soapmaking Book Reviews

Over time I've collected several books on the topics of making soap and related toiletries. Some of the books I thought were excellent... others, not so much. ;) So I put together these book reviews to help folks decide what to put in their own libraries. If you know of a book that isn't reviewed here, please email me at and I'll add it to the list. :) Please read a note about the links you'll find on these pages.

The Soapmaker's Companion book cover Sabrina's Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
The Bottom Line: If there is any one book which is indispensable to any soapmaker -- novice or expert -- it's this. The Soapmaker's Companion is both an excellent introduction to the topic of making handmade soap from scratch, and an excellent reference for materials, ingredients, and recipes.

Soap - Making It Enjoying It book cover Sabrina's Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
The Bottom Line: Ann Bramson's second edition of Soap - Making It, Enjoying It ignited a cottage industry. The opening chapter begins the book by enthusiastically describing the unique charms of handmade soap in relation to store-bought, and it's hard to not be caught up in the author's obvious love for this craft.

Coming Soon...

Transparent Soapmaking by Catherine Failor
A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter
The Candlemaker's Companion by Betty Oppenheimer
Milk-Based Soaps by Casey Makela
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch
Soapmaking for Fun & Profit by Maria Given Nerius
375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
Making Natural Liquid Soaps by Catherine Failor
Essentially Soap by Robert McDaniel
The Good Earth Bath, Beauty, and Health Book by Casey Kellar

A word about the links

If you're buying one of the books on this list, please consider buying them through, by following the links that I provide in the listings. The links are in two forms: if you click on the book cover, it'll take you to Amazon's site where you can read more about the book; and if you click on the "Buy from" image under the book information, it'll pop up a new window where you can add it to your shopping cart or use their 1-Clicktm service to buy it immediately.

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If you want to buy multiple books and save on shipping, please return to this site in between books and use the links from here to add it to your cart (or use the "Buy at" image to put it in your shopping cart, without leaving this site). That way, they'll give me a percentage for each book and not just the first one you choose; otherwise, if you click to buy one book and then add others to your cart when you're already at Amazon, they don't give me any credit for the other purchases. So, if you're going to buy them anyways, I'd really appreciate it if you make Amazon send me a little bit more. :)