Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Book Review: The Natural Soap Chef, by Heidi Corley Barto

The Natural Soap Chef by Heidi Corley Barto is a beautiful little book.  I've always wanted to try making soap, so when the opportunity to review this book arrived in my email inbox, I jumped at it!

Although this is a recipe book, the introduction and first two chapters are written in such a friendly and warm tone, that it felt like I was reading a memoir.  As it is well known that working with Lye can be dangerous, the author makes sure to emphasize the safety precautions necessary to do so safely.  I particularly liked the detailed list of tools and ingredients (Chapter 1), as well as the in-depth description of the entire process (Chapter 2).

The recipes are divided into different sections based on the extra ingredients, such as coffee, tea, milks, beer, purées, etc.  Each recipe includes the safety precautions so there's no chance to forget to don gloves or goggles.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to try some of the recipes (ok, I want to try all of the recipes!)  But that will have to wait 'til the heat of summer abates.

Disclaimer: I was provided with this book in order to review it.  All opinions expressed are mine alone.


  1. Heidi's book is wonderful and you'll thoroughly enjoy making soaps using her directions and recipes! All the best,
    A Delightsome Life

  2. Love the idea of making my own soaps too. But have never done it. Can't wait to see what you make.

  3. Oooo. Try buttermilk and cocoa. Or bananas and oatmeal. ....I'm hungry...

  4. Thanks for the link! I have been thinking about making my own soap....but I have been a little intimidating!


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