“Milk Soaps” by Anne-Marie Faiola

Thank you Netgalley, Anne-Marie Faiola, and Storey Publishing for this Advanced Reader’s Copy!

I’ve never been brave enough to try making soap before, although I have tried handmade lotions, lip balms and salt scrubs, making soap always felt a little out of my reach. For one, the materials involved include items I don’t normally stock in my house but the second reason holding back was the fear of messing up.

When I received this book, I immediately dove in and was happy to see everything I needed to know was contained within the cover! It’s perfect for gifts, people suffering with sensitive skin and those looking to try a new hobby. Some of the materials and ingredients are a bit costly, but with affordable options, tackling this project won’t be too expensive.

Handmade soap is made extra-special with the addition of milk! Soaps enriched with milk are creamier than those made with water, and milk’s natural oils provide skin-renewing moisture and nourishment. In Milk Soaps, expert soapmaker Anne-Marie Faiola demystifies the process with step-by-step techniques and 35 recipes for making soaps that are both beautiful and useful. She explains the keys to success in using a wide range of milk types, including cow, goat, and even camel milk, along with nut and grain milks such as almond, coconut, hemp, rice, and more. Photographs show soapmakers of all levels how to achieve a variety of distinctive color and shape effects, including funnels, swirls, layers, and insets. For beginners and experts alike, this focused guide to making milk-enriched soaps offers an opportunity to expand their soapmaking skills in new and exciting ways. 

Milk has long been a popular ingredient in soap making. Goat milk in particular is known for its moisturizing and skin softening properties. Using milk in body products is not just limited to goat milk. Coconut milk, almond milk, and cow milk are also great additions to your creations. See below for some of our favorite recipes, resources and milk centered products available from Bramble Berry.

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