HOW TO MAKE SOAP WITHOUT BURNING YOUR FACE OFF: $2, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, offset, 12 pgs.

Nov 30, 2010

I’ve never considered soap making before, but I had to like this zine right off the bat just because of the title. I figured, if the author cares enough about not permanently disfiguring me, then I care enough to read her zine. Plus, now that I know that soap making is like some kind of dangerous science experiment, I definitely want to know more. Appropriately, the instructions for making soap start off with a warning about using lye (the main substance for making soap; also a very caustic and poisonous substance). Then the author proceeds to explain the soap making process: there’s a chart to help you choose what other ingredients to use, the recipe, and “special tricks” like using color and additives. It’s all very neatly handwritten, I might add. Definitely a worthy topic, covered with a great amount of detail in a way that is easy to understand. An excellent example for the entire “how-to” genre of zines. (