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Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps Spiral-bound – August 13, 2013


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161212089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612120898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne-Marie Faiola is the author of Soap Crafting and owner of BrambleBerry, a company that sells soapmaking supplies in Bellingham, WA and online at www.brambleberry.com. Known as The Soap Queen, she has a dedicated YouTube page featuring how-to videos.


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Lots of great ideas and recipes.
Nevada Lady
I would highly recommend this to all soap makers, from beginners like to to the more advanced.
Chelsie Walker
It is very easy to follow instructions and great pictures!!!!
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 11, 2013
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Okay, I was incredibly psyched to get this book, and when I received it, you couldn't tear me away from it for hours. I read the entire thing, making notes all over it for actual application. The only other soap book I had read up to that point was Basic Soap Making, which is really helpful, but I was ready to up my game. The beautiful and stunning directives in this book really turned on my inner creativity, and I was ready to get to business. However, the actual application of the techniques are not as seamless as one would expect.

I immediately tried two different recipes from this book. The first was the "pumpkin swirl" recipe. Then I tried the coffee soap recipe. Both of them had the exact same problem, and I will try my best to walk you through the issue.

Firstly, I only used the EXACT ingredients listed by the author, who incidentally owns Brambleberry, which she guiltlessly plugs every chance she gets. The fragrance oils and specialty ingredients you can only get at Brambleberry. The delivery time is unbelievably long, so expect to wait at least a week before you can do any of the recipes you have saved up with those specialty ingredients. I waited a week and a half for one fragrance oil, which was supposedly in stock, but they didn't ship until 5 days after my order placed.

I decided to start with the pumpkin recipe because it was one of the easier color techniques. It's a basic swirl made by pouring, and I've had enough soap success to figure I could do that one easily. However, I failed at this recipe SIX times. I followed it to the T, when I started looking online for help. Then I emailed Anne-Marie herself at Brambleberry. The problem was the same in every batch. As soon as I added the fragrance oil, the soap seized.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Levi's Mom on August 7, 2013
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I started soaping this year and have read at least 8 soaping books to date. Just received this book today and looked through every page. I thought this book would be strictly on design techniques but it turns out to be a comprehensive book that even beginners would appreciate. Unlike other soaping books, this one is RICH with step by step pictures of the cold process as well as the final product. Anne-Marie covers safety guidelines, equipment, oils, colorants, essential oils and fragrances as well creative molds, additives and swirls. If you are want to buy only one soaping book, this one will give you all the information you need to get started and advance in the soap crafting passion.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Seubert on September 17, 2013
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After reading this book, I felt that, while it was a reasonable book on soap making, it did not add much new material of significance to the current soap making literature. There are a number of recipes included within this book, but not much explanation as to why different oils were used in each recipe and why a particular combination was used. The section on new/unique swirls was interesting, but I do wish the author had gone into more detail on what molds were used for which swirls and the limitations of each. I feel like this is a section where the author could have really pushed this book beyond what others have published, but alas, that did not turn out to be the case.

Overall, this is a fine general soap crafting book that does focus on the coloring technique that are now popular. However, these techniques can be found with a simple Google search, and I'm not sure that having them in book form is really worth the purchase of this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Happiness Factor on August 12, 2013
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This book is loaded with info about soapmaking, but especially about the new fun swirling and coloring techniques. I would reccommend it to both beginners and advanced soap makers, but especially to the advanced soapmakers who are looking for more challenge and fun in making an artistic bar of soap. This book doesn't talk much about natural herbal additives or that sort of thing if you like more natural bars (which I do), However I bought it for the techniques and she did not fail to give a lot of fun techniques for gorgeous bars of soap. I would also like to add that her company Bramble Berry is a great source of soap making oils and supplies. And their customer service department is excellent. Truly a class act all around!.Definately worth buying this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amber Reed on September 27, 2013
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Its been over 22 years since I've made soap in large quantities due to a child with eczema and hypersensitive skin, so now I want to get back into it again, but have noticed alot of changes in the soaping world..like a stick blender (-it must've been invented by a soap maker) and the new and exciting techniques and designs. Figured I better brush up on my soap making skills. I love Anne Marie for the Soap Queen vids on YouTube and her SoapQueen.com so naturally I bought the book just based on that.

But....WHOA!! It is so much more that just another soaping book. It has easy to read instructions for the beginner and experienced soap maker alike, with beautiful colored photos as well. It explains in plain language how the different oils react and behave in the final product and what you can expect. Goes over the safety precautions to take while making soap. Colorants..now Im into that chapter right now and am learning so much about it. I am in love with this book.

A must have for those just learning and a quick reference for the more experienced soaper.

Totally recommend this product.
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