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Soap Maker's Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap Paperback – July 7, 2010
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At this time Dr.Bob teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry at an independent high school in Southern California. Deeply committed to life-long learning, he became a Registered Patent Agent in Febraury of 2012. Bob and Katie on occassion still offer classes and workshops on soapmaking.
Bob and Katie McDaniel have a wide range of interests. They rode horses in Chicago, played a great deal of golf in Decatur, engaged in fine American crafts in suburban Philadelphia, and engage in target shooting in Southern California. At this point in their lives they successfully, by diet and exercise, regained their weight and conditioning and have matched the weight and BMI last seen as they entered college. If you ask what is next for them, the answer is anything: perhaps even a book on fitness.
Top Customer Reviews
Evidently the author is a chemist. I particularly like the video - worth of thousands words - especially good for beginners, where the lye mixing, precautions and soap mixing is explained quite nicely - despite my experience, I have learned something, too.
There are some important messages that I didn't find elsewhere. I like also their approach of showing their experiments (the "hot process" part), although this is rather for a more experienced soapmakers.
However, I didn't like the hot process part. The content is OK - as mentioned above, this is quite fun to read, if only it was not called "Hot process". Actually this chapter does not describe the hot process! What authors call hot process is just warming the soap in the crockpot to get to the trace (maximum 10 minutes) and then pouring it like all other CP soap to the mold. But (as to my knowledge, correct me if I am wrong), hot process is defined as cooking the soap until the saponification reaction is finished - about 3-4 hours - waiting for complete gel phase. Such a finished soap has its advantages - adding Ph sensitive colors or fragrances/essential oils at the end is without surprises. This may be very misleading for beginners and I was surprised the authors are not aware of this.
Otherwise a nice book, however, should not be the only one you read when you start.
Well, I recently picked this book up (special order) through our library. I have read through it (several parts I have read several times) and played the DVD that comes with the book. I feel that I can actually make the stuff, i.e. soap!
The author takes you through a step by step process and thoroughly explains each step in a very readable and comprehensive fashion. The few questions that I did have which I was unable to find in this book were quickly found doing a google search. When it gets right down to it, it seems that soap making is not al that much different than cooking; not when you really think about it.
This work is filled with excellent photographs and the author has shared many soap recipes. She has covered the different herbs and scents quite well. She has done an excellent job of explaining the chemistry involved here and has not treated her readers as a collective group of idiots....I like that!
I am quite sure that there are many books out there more suited for the advanced soap maker, but for those of us, like me, who are absolutely clueless, then this work is just the ticket. If I make it through this work and find I enjoy this craft, then I will do further seeking and buy more advanced books. Until that time I have all the information I need to not only get me started but most importantly, help me understand what I am doing, why I am doing it and what the expected results are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book for a soap maker's library. Has some easy reading and some more in depth technical information that is helpful to all levels of soap making crafts people. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dawn Hertzog
I read this book from the library before purchasing it. So .... I guess I liked it well enough to want to own it. Has a lot of good information in it.Published 3 months ago by MRK
I like this book very much. It has good information for soap makers.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good basic book. Left me with some questions, but overall I'm satisfied.Published 6 months ago by P. Roberts
This is a beautiful book and I am looking forward to reading it. It came just as promised. Thank you.Published 7 months ago by Linda Mayo