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Basic Soap Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (How To Basics) (How To Basic Series) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Letcavage , Patsy Buck
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Book Description

This book features hundreds of step-by-step, full-color photographs that illustrate exactly how to make cold-process soap. It contains instructions on molding soap, cutting bars, creating original recipes, packaging gifts, and more. It includes a chapter on constructing a soap mold, liner, and cutter at home. Readers will learn the basic four-oil soap recipe, which can then be enhanced with additives such as oatmeal, fragrance oils, colored swirls, two-tone nuggets, and moisturizing butters.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Letcavage is the editor/author of Basic Soap Making, Natural Soap Making, and Basic Leathercrafting. She gardens, crafts, and writes in central Pennsylvania.

Patsy Buck is a soap maker who operates Handmade Soap by Patsy in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17178 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0811735737
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; Spi edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00440EVDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start making soap within a week! October 8, 2009
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I love that the book is spiral bound so it lays flat and stays open to the page you need. I love the step by step photographs of the process from beginning to end, including the emphasis on safety. I love that the author includes easily understood equations that allow even a newcomer to create original recipes.

Within a few days of receiving this book from Amazon I had made my first wooden soap mold and cutter. The author makes it clear that this is not required, but I wanted to! I had just about every ingredient and tool on hand and made my first batch of 4 oil soap, which is now curing and waiting to be shared with family and friends. I plan on making every recipe in the book and then creating my own. LOVE IT LOVE IT
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Basic Soap Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started, Letcavage and Buck, ISBN 978-0-8117-3573-5, is the cold process soap book for which all soap makers have waited! This book is the most complete, comprehensive, accurate instruction manual on beginning soap making and is in brilliant pictogram format. The book contains literally hundreds of photographs and includes images of all steps and phases of cold process soap making, such as cutting, trimming, rebatching scraps, and packaging. Hands down, this is the most complete and most easily understandable beginning soap making book ever published. Even experienced professional soap makers should keep this amazing book within easy access to dazzle inquiring customers with photos of the art of handmade cold process soap making.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For visual spatial learners December 18, 2009
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I bought this book and another, the "Everything" soap book. I found that this book had all the basic info I was looking for without much chattering, and includes lots of step-by-step pictures, as well as a very lean and clear explanation of SAP values and how to calculate them in your own recipes. It even shows you how to make your own wood soap mold, and gives ideas for packaging. I cannot vouch for the recipes themselves, but there are tons of recipes on the internet if you do a search. All in all, the best clear, basic instructions for someone who wants to learn how to make their own soap. The other resource I found to be very informative, up-to-date and helpful was the "About" series with David Fisher. He has some really good videos on how to use lye properly, and great links for more resources.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Soap Msking Book November 18, 2009
I had an opportunity to take a look at this book in one of the bookstores. For several months I had seen this book, I was tired of Soap Making books with the same repetitive information. Unlike, other soap making books, this is bar far one of the best soap making books. I have quite a few in my library. I love to collect soap making books, since I am an avid soapmaker and fan. This book gives step-by-step details on equipment, recipes, procedures, how to make a mold and wooden cutter all with pictures and clear and concise instructions for anyone to follow. I am definitely going to order this book in the next couple of weeks. I urge all soap makers beginners and exprienced to get this wonderful book as an additon to your soap making library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Jen
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I LOVED this book. It's practically all pictures, and the spiral binding allows it to lie flat. Sure, there are tons of soap-making books, but this one wins for simplicity. While other books overwhelmed me with information and calculations, this one walked me through and let me believe that I could actually do this myself and not blow myself up.

Don't get me wrong- I am not saying the details are unimportant. I'm just saying that most adults learn by layering information. They need the basic skeleton....once they have that down, they are comfortable filling in the nooks and crannies with the details. This book is that skeleton and is exactly what I was looking for to get me started.

As for the projects and looks of the soap...they might not be the prettiest ones, but that's what MY imagination is for! I just needed some solid footing to get started.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Straight Forward, Tried and True January 27, 2011
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This book tends to be deceptively simplistic in the process of soap making. Don't mistake that simplicity though, as for, a process that is NOT hazardous. Lye, aka: Sodium Hydrochloride, aka: Caustic Soda, can dissolve skin to the bone, destroy lungs, and create permanent blindness. If it touches aluminum, it creates hydrogen gas, (extremely flammable) can splinter wood, and erode glass. So pay close attention to every thing the author calls for in reference to safety and then some. Read a Wiki on Lye, and sober yourself up to the task of working with it. Also, note the "one liner" that the soap remains 'green' or somewhat caustic and therefore requires a curing process of 30 days.

All that said, the book is well made and well written and a comprehensive guide to some GREAT SOAP!! In the modern world, soap, or what we know as soap, is taken for granted...but try some of this "real soap", and I think you just might find it is a commodity of luxurious standards. The book also encourages you to utilize your own creativity, and the possibilities are exponential.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new soap makers... September 14, 2011
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I ordered this book to kick start learning how to make soap. I was not disappointed,this easy to understand book gives step by step instructions,along with plenty of pictures. Everything you need to be familiar with, when just starting out.
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Great resource for those who are new to soap making.
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Liked it don't like being forced to review it just to be able to exit it and read another book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos but lacks quality information
Beautiful and abundant pictures but not much substance. Non-organic ingredients, difficult to follow ingredient batches: single batch/double batch switches back and forth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melinda Vargas
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic soap making
This was the first book I started with when I was first learning to make hand crafted soap.Clear easy to follow directions and recipes. highly recommend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Soap making for beginners
Very informative and easy to follow as well as interesting. I enjoyed reading this book. I was surprised to learn how many days it took to make soap.
Published 3 months ago by Pam Moore
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very step by step & informational book
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Published 4 months ago by Robert J. Rowe
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Good information.
Published 4 months ago by Ellen Roof
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Yahooooo, soap, finally!
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