A Book Review

Hi Friends!  It’s been a while and I’ve had many things going on.  A phase maybe?  I thought I would just do a post about a book I have been reading.  The book is 300 Years of Natural Soap & Cosmetic Recipes, by Marie Gale.  After reading this book, I think of the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 1:9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

In the book, the earliest documented soap recipe is from 1898.  Some of the recipes are named Yellow Domestic Soap, Pale Soap, etc. and later soap names in 1918 were French White Soap, A Good Soap, etc.  The ingredients are not so different from what soap is made from today.  The difference is that today, there are many oils and butters that are readily available to anyone who wants to obtains them.

The next chapter in the book contains scent blends made of essential oils.  Some of the scent blends include names like Spanish Bouquet, Jockey Club and Lemon.  The first synthetic fragrance oil was made on or around 1898 and expanded from there.

There are more chapters with recipes for all sorts of lotions, creams, and beauty aids.  The book is chock full of information and is a great compilation of the past leading up to the present.  I enjoyed this book very much as it offers inspiration for new scent blends and other types of soap.  It is interesting that milk soaps were not made until much later when the cold process method became widely used.

Soap making has changed since it began but not very much in a few hundred years.

I hope you find this interesting and informative!

Soap Scents