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The following was extracted from the article, “Successful Soap Marketers Sell an Experience Rather Than a Product” by Alice Velenzuela in the February 2002 issue of Stockman Grass Farmer magazine.

Soapmaking Resources:

Soap Handbook: All About Real Ol’ Time Soap, by Jenny Silliman, 46440 Blue Ridge Road.; Springville, CA 93265-9501, $5 postpaid. A 40-page manual perfect for beginners, describing the history, chemistry and craft of soapmaking. Provides soap recipes, including one you can make in a kitchen blender.

Soapmaking Today, P.O. Box 6751, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. Newsletter for cottage-industry soapmakers. Subscriptions, $14.95/yr. Recipes, trends in soapmaking, state-of-the-art tools and equipment, packaging, sales and marketing tips, networking, soap swaps with other soapmakers.

The Soapmaker’s Companion: A comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch, Storey Publishing, 278 pages, $18.95. Basic soap recipes and more exotic varieties such as glycerin bars, French-style hand-milled soap, multi-colored, marbled and imprinted soaps. Sources for essential oils and other soapmaking ingredients.

The Complete Soapmaker: Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Luxurious Handmade Soaps, by Norma Coney, Sterling Publishing Co., 128 pages, $14.95. Similar to Soapmaker’s Companion, but different recipes and full color photos. Includes valuable sections on packaging, display and marketing soap.

Soap Recipes: Tried-and-True Ways to Make Modern Soap with Herbs, Beeswax and Vegetable Oils, by Elaine Co. White. 223 pages, $23.95, Loompanics Press. Describes making quality organic soap with absolutely no animal fats.

Basic Soapmaking; Organikal Herbs, 4865 High St., Rocklin, CA 98677, $35. Video on soapmaking by a successful soapmaker and teacher of the craft at California community colleges.

San Francisco Herb Co., 250 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Wholesale source for herbs, essential oils and extracts for making soap, potpourri and other similar crafts. Free catalog, $80 minimum order.

-- Ken S. in WC TN (, February 07, 2002


I have been reading here for a while and saw the listing for soap resources and thought I would try and post.

There is also a great website that has much help there and a email list that I joined quite a while back and the owner is a very nice lady and is of more help than anyone that I know of. I just saw a post from her on the question about a pot to use for soapmaking. Hi Rita if you see this. Ÿ And thank you so much for helping me learn how to make soap in the modern way.

The site is go to the soapmaking section and you will learn more than you ever will from many of the books like I have on file. She is also writing a book on soapmaking that she is hoping to have out soon. It will be self published and may not have pictures, but she has been such a help for me just with her detailed explanations that I don't need pictures. ----- Helen Case

-- Helen (, March 01, 2002.

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