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Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap - A Beginners Guide and Beyond Kindle Edition

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Authors Note: Regarding the first edition of this book, I listened closely to all of the reviews I read here and also the feedback directly from readers. From their comments, I included all the things that readers/reviewers felt were missing from the first edition: more instructions on STANDARD soap making, more recipes for standard soap making, how to swirl colors in soap, how to sell soap, how to cut and cure soap, how to set up a booth at a craft fair or market.

The original "Bubbles and Bull" section where I described past business relations that went south has been greatly edited to only two stories, leaving more room for soap talk and soap recipes. The second edition also includes a section for those who want a few recipes using animal fats.
 
CONTENTS:
-All about Soap
(the history of soap of how it transformed through the years)
-Types of Soap
(cold process, hot process, liquid soap, soap balls)
-Soap Making Terms and Equipment
(all the necessary soap making lingo and the supplies you need to get started)
-The Oils in Soap Making
(the variety of soap making oils and their properties)
-Saponification Chart
(the math behind creating soap recipes)
-Standard Soap Making Instructions
(how to make cold processed soap)
-Standard Soap Recipes
(a variety of soap recipes for specialty, luxury, and everyday use)
-Animal Fat Recipes
(a few recipes for those who like lard or beef tallow soap)
-Master Batch Soap Making Instructions
(how to pre-melt large batches of oils to make large quantities of soap)
-Master Batch Soap recipes
(more soap making recipes that can be re-sized for single batches)
-An Overview of Essential Oils
(the basic properties of some of the most widely used essential oils)
-Selling, Packaging, and Labeling
(how to get your soap ready for sale)
-Tales of Running a Soap business
(funny stories and practical advice from an experienced soap maker)
-Resources and Suppliers
(where to find all the ingredients soap makers use)
 
FROM THE PREFACE:
My own interest in body care products came when I worked as the assistant manager for the well-known skin care company, Garden Botanika. Around the same time, I saw the Sandra Bullock movie, Practical Magic (based on the book by Alice Hoffman), and fell in love with the look and feel of her little bath and botanical shop. When Garden Botanika down-sized and closed their locations in the Southern states, the interest in skincare stayed with me. Research took me down a slightly different path as I learned more and more about natural skincare versus the mass-produced selections found in so many stores today. So the urge hit me again and I decided to reread the books I had purchased about soap making to figure out where I had gone wrong. That was back in 1999. Today, our soap company, aromagregory, produces thousands of pounds of soap each year, all made using original recipes that either my partner or I created.
 
This is the journey I will take you on - the beginning process of making good soap that is great for your skin. Once you get started and get the hang of it, beware. With so many scents and ingredients to choose from, it can become an addiction. The guest room may become the soap factory. Your friends will wish you would just stop talking about soap! The ledge of our bath tub looks like a cemetery; where rows and rows of soap line up side by side, waiting to see which one will strike our fancy for a quick morning shower or a relaxing bath at night.
 
In the first part of the book, I will explain how to make soap the regular way, by pulling out your ingredients, weighing and melting your oils, etc.  This method is a good way of making small batches of soap just for friends and family. Also, the recipes include a wider variety of ingredients and let you experiment with different carrier oils.
 
The second part of the book focuses of what is called master-batch soap making. This is when your premix all of your carrier oils (olive, coconut, canola, etc.) and let them sit at room temperature until it is time to make soap. This method is good for making a lot of soap in a short amount of time and will focus on recipes that include just a few good carrier oils.
 
Are you ready to begin? There is no turning back once you get the feel for this creative and rewarding form of art.
 
Thanks so much,
Author
Gregory Lee White
 
BOOK CORRECTIONS UPDATE - the below corrections are for copies purchased prior to 12-03-2013. Editions after this date have correct recipes amounts and all general book typos have been corrected.
Hemp Soap Recipe - lye amount is missing from recipe. The correct amount is 6.1 ounces.
 
Goats Milk Ylang-Ylang soap - the correct amount of essentials oils used in recipe should be: 2 ounces of ylang-ylang and 1 ounce of patchouli

From the Back Cover

  • how to make soap for beginners
  • small soap production
  • large batch production
  • over 45 soap recipes
  • cutting and curing soap
  • packaging and labeling
  • selling soap to the public
  • how to set up to sell at craft fairs
  • essential oil guide

Product Details

  • File Size: 2695 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Publisher: White Willow Books; 2 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00614FF90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gregory Lee White was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1967. He grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and began writing at the age of nine. "I remember the day was steamy, too hot to play outside. The boy across the street said to me, 'let's write some stories.' I thought he was sort of flaky, but I tried it anyway. It stuck."

At the age of twenty, Gregory moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1998, he learned to make artisan soap and later became a certified clinical aromatherapist. He and his partner continue to run the successful online soap business and retail store, aromagregory, to this day.

His book, CLUCKED - THE TALE OF PICKIN CHICKEN was released in 2010 and tells the story of the chicken farming industry by looking at its world through the eyes of a chicken.

More than a decade of experience in soap making and aromatherapy led to his 2012 book, MAKING SOAP FROM SCRATCH: HOW TO MAKE HANDMADE SOAP - A BEGINNERS GUIDE AND BEYOND (an Amazon Bestseller in soap making books). It was followed up in 2013 by his book ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY: HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEAUTY, HEALTH, AND SPIRITUALITY.

He credits his mentor, professor and author Evelyn Thurman, for helping to get his first short story published in a magazine. When he was only 14, he and Thurman collaborated on a travel guide and puzzle book, which described the various home-sites of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Out of print for many years, White rewrote and released LITTLE HOUSE SEARCH: A PUZZLE BOOK AND TOUR OF THE WORKS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER in 2013, dedicating it to the late Miss Thurman.

"I started out as a fiction writer," says White. "Maybe when I am finished with everything I have to say in the non-fiction, 'how-to' genre - I'll get back to the characters in my head."

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By James on October 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Making Soap from Scratch is a great book for the DIY soap maker. Every detail in the process of soap making is covered without being overwhelming. Small batch and bulk soap making are both thoroughly covered. I was very impressed with the chapter detailing the actual recipes. The recipes cover everything from the super luxurious to the more economical. Resources and suppliers are also listed to make gathering all the ingredients very easy. This book will be an invaluable reference tool in my personal soap making practice.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas... TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2012
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This is one of a couple of books that I have picked up recently on soap making. I'm new to the hobby for sure, though its something that I have always wanted to do. I finally decided to go for it since I still shave with a mug and brush, and have used shaving soap for years that I buy on Ebay that others have whipped up themselves. I thought it was about time I took a shot at it, and have since found it a very fun and satisfying hobby. (And the house always smells so nice). Plus, I get to make the soaps as sudsy and as fragrant as I want, in any scent I want. This book "Making Soap" reminds me in some ways of the old cliff notes the way it is so straightforward and lean in its presentation. Just the facts ma'am is a good way to describe the way this book roles along in explaining the basics, the materials needed, lots of recipes and helpful tips, all without any chapter that speaks of the authors story of getting into soap making, or the history of it. If you would like a book that contains a lot of history and personal glimpses on the subject, this book is not for you. Instead it reads very easily, and is clear and precise in making it as simple as possible for the true beginner. I really like this book and feel it is all anyone should ever need that is thinking of getting into the soap making game, and is just interested in keeping it real... : )
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Massey Tracy on March 24, 2013
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I am a novice soap maker. I bought this book in hopes of learning different recipes and methods for Cold Process soap making. Although the author shares lots of information in a friendly manner, the unfortunate editing of the book itself made for the lower rating from me. It’s like they ran it through a word processor and used auto spell correct without paying attention to the outcome (intended words swapped out for incorrect words..), which made for a choppy read but when this is done in an actual recipe, it’s impossible to follow that recipe. I was hoping to find more recipes using different oils and butters. This author uses a "Master Batch" that uses Crisco. Most of the recipes start with this same batch then adds different combinations of essential oils.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2012
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I know Gregory White. He mentored me, via the phone, when I first began making soap. I was excited to learn he was writing a book and purchased a copy as soon as it was available. I can tell you it's like having Greg standing next to you every step of the way. His soaps are fabulous; I've used them. The recipes he provides are outstanding. This is definitely a good book for a beginner. Unlike some of the soapmaking books I've read, Greg simplifies things and lets you know you can make soap.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on February 9, 2013
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This book makes soap making so much more simple. I had spent weeks reading different websites and other books only to end up a little confused, terrified, and convinced that I could never make soap on my own. I just knew that I would blow up the house! Making Soap From Scratch was broken down enough that I could understand what I needed to carefully do without breaking down so much that I needed a chemistry class to figure it out. After reading the book a couple of times I attempted my first recipe and it came out perfect! The recipes are great and I cannot wait until I am able to make a "master batch" to save a little time.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lotsabooks on March 4, 2013
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I have been making soaps for a little while now and I can tell you it hurts when you have to dump the whole kit and kubudle in the trash because something went wrong. This book has saved me from future soaping nightmares. The recipes are divine. So simple is the text to read and understand. Definitions and uses of the many oils available is priceless and written better than anyone I've read so far. If you are just starting out or are a long time soaper this is a must have book in your collection.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By charity on October 1, 2012
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This was a great book. It is a very easy to.read and the insttuctions were not hard to follow. The exttas were useful too such as how to package and set up for sale at flea markets. Would recommend to beginners and the practised because there is something for everyone.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Debby H on December 22, 2012
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Making Soap from Scratch is written in a very straight forward, easy to understand format, almost like having a conversation with the author. It covers everything you need to know to begin making soap. It would have received 5 stars if there had been some color photos of the soaps to illustrate the recipes.
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