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Making Natural Liquid Soaps: Herbal Shower Gels, Conditioning Shampoos, Moisturizing Hand Soaps, Luxurious Bubble Baths, and more Paperback – April 15, 2000

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Creating Liquid Soaps That Soothe!

Finally, a book on making liquid soaps at home! Let expert soapmaker Catherine Failor introduce you to the luxurious world of all-natural liquid soaps -- the easy way. Using a simple double-boiler technique, you can create inexpensive moisturizing hand soaps, revitalizing shampoos, invigorating shower gels, soothing bubble baths, and much more. And all tailored to your skin type, to your hair's needs, or even to your mood!

Discover how easy it is to master this special hot-process soapmaking technique and explore the art of this rewarding craft. Using simple, pure ingredients, such as cocoa butter, lanolin, and jojoba, you can create liquid soaps that are better for your skin, better for the environment, and just plain better than any you'll find in a store. Learn to blend oils and additives, add color and scent to your creations, and develop one-of-a-kind personal soaps -- all in your own kitchen! Let the soap and your creativity flow!

About the Author

Catherine Failor has been making soap for more than 20 years. Her experience in graphic design and interest in science has enabled Catherine to test hot-process soapmaking, a technique not usually accessible to the home soapmaker. She has developed new ways to make colorful, scented soaps in the home kitchen, and shares them in her Storey books, Making Transparent Soap and Making Natural Liquid Soaps. CatherineIs entrepreneurial ventures include Copra Soap, a specialty soap manufacturing company, and her current venture, Milky Way Molds, producing Ithe finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Thrid Printing edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580172431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580172431
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Failor has been making soap for 20 years. Combining a background in graphic design and a passion for science, Catherine developed new home-soapmaking techniques which she used to start her specialty soap manufacturing company, Copra Soap. Her current venture, Milky Way Molds, produces "the finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy." She is also the author of Making Transparent Soap (Storey Books). Failor lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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I've been a cold-process soapmaker for 2 years and was ready to explore other kinds of soapmaking. I picked up C. Failor's book on liquid soapmaking and was hooked. There's a lot of great information here. Initially I was a bit overwhelmed before diving in, but that's how I felt before making my first batch of cold-process soap as well! Liquid soapmaking, like almost every other craft, requires just a little time and patience before it becomes second nature. My first batch of liquid soap was a success-perfectly crystal-clear-and with a couple more recipes under my belt, I feel as comfortable with this soapmaking as I do with cold-process soapmaking. I was a bit perplexed by the review of October 18th in which Michelle referred to hard-to-obtain chemicals and complex chemical equations. There are no chemical equations in this book and as for the chemicals-does she mean potassium hydroxide, borax, boric acid? Nor do I agree with her that this book is for "professional" soapmakers only. The book is for anyone who wants so make their own natural liquid soap ( since almost all liquid soaps on the market are synthetic).
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Review of Making Natural Liquid Soaps, by Catherine Failor ISBN: 1-58017-243-1
Are we ready for something completely new in soap making? I think so. :)
Catherine Failor's new book is with the times. She has apparently been hard at work in her kitchen coming up with fun new ways to play with soap!
The focus here is making liquid soap, shampoo, dog shampoo, shower gels, and bubble bath. Yep, everything people have been asking me for lately.
This is NOT a cake mix type of book. It is complete instructions from making these items from scratch. One word of warning though, you WILL have to get POTASSIUM hydroxide to use this book. ....................
Ms Failor goes into great detail to explain her hot process method. There are lots of pictures to help! The friendly layout of this book will remind you of a magazine article. A very LONG magazine article, haahaa.
I just finished reading this and I have to tell ya, I have learned a lot about fats and soaps and hot process and liquid soaps, and so much more! There are little charts to help you help yourself in making your own recipes, although there are enough recipes in this book to keep you chained to the stove creating for a long time!
It is obvious that the author has been working with these recipes in her book for quite some time and has discovered the pitfalls before hand and already advised you how to handle them in the trouble shooting section.
There is a healthy section on blending scents, both fragrances and essential oils. And I can't even do my usual complaint about over usage of essential oils, haahaa, she uses the 'by the part' method of blending so it fits everyone's needs.
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This is a very well written book but the making of liquid soaps should not be used as a group craft project. There are a number if ingredients used for ph neutralization that must be bought from reputable chemical supply houses; forget about the local craft store. And then you have to remember you are working with lye derivatives and heating alcohol over an open flame... Read this book carefully first before you try it out! There's also a lot of chemistry involved that, while not overly difficult to understand, may throw a lot of people. If you have experience with hot or cold process soap making (not that pre-made melt and pour stuff), then this is a decent book for you.
The book has excellent visiual references and equally outstanding suggestions for packaging. While the visual aids are nice, they take up a huge percentage of the book as just filler making this a rather "light" book
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An excellent book which answers the questions I was wondering most about...both the details and the big picture...such as "what does the contents in the pan look like at different stages? What are the properties of the various ingredients? How do they react under different circumstances? This is a beautiful book also - the second one I own by Failor. Being a graphic designer myself, with a definite scientific "bent," this seems to be an ideal text for me - helps me make more sense of my cold-processing soap books also - it's just the right combination of "visuals" and scientific, practical information. This book should be an essential in any soap-making addict's library.
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The book's clear instructions and color photographs are excellent. However, procedures used are extremely time-consuming and require a lot of hands-on work. Basically, they're industrial techniques adapted for home use. Entirely different from making cold process bar soaps. Even for experienced hot process soap makers, at least 3-4 hours are needed to complete the initial phase. In liquid soap making, you have to be comfortable with using solvents and thickeners. Neutralizing and sequestering agents too. pH control and preservatives can be significant issues as well. Aside from that, you won't find a better consumer-level book on this interesting subject.
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