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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debbie Chialtas is a naturally creative person whose original inspiration was in fashion design. Two years ago, Debbie began experimenting with glycerin melt-and-pour soap, and she found a new creative energy that has translated into a successful online business. See more of Debbie's work at www.soapylove.com.

More About the Author

Debbie Chialtas is a self taught glycerin soap crafter, who has been making soap and designing tutorials for over 4 years. Her soaps (www.soapylove.com) have been featured in magazines all over the world including People, Glamour, and Junior UK. She also self-publishes a digital magazine called Let's Get Soapy (www.letsgetsoapy.com) with new tutorials and tips every 2 months. "Soapylove" is her first book, published by North Light.

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I HIGHLY recommend this book- not your standard soap making book!
Dana Ellen Evans
The projects are creative and the easy step by step instructions are easy to follow and photographed beautifully.
Erin Pikor
This book is packed with inspiring ideas that look amazing while still being completely doable.
Dawn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Pence on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Overview: This book is a how-to guide for making fun glycerin melt and pour soaps. The cover states a microwave and a measuring cup are the main tools used - easy as pie. The first section covers materials and techniques and shows step-by-step photos showing how to add colorants and fragrances, and how to use molds and cut soap bars. The remainder of the book provides instructions for making 25 different melt and pour projects at varying skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Each project has a photo of the finished soap, a list of materials and step-by-step instructions and photos. You can see exactly how to make each project through the photos. Techniques include embedding, layering, cut-outs, swirling, and blending. The projects are fun and appealing. Projects include: cameo bars, polka dot baby shower favors, mod designs, scenic designs, soapsicles, flame bars, plaid soaps, soap candies and more.

Review: I am actually quite pleased with the Soapylove book. This book would equate to a cookbook. There is a little information about the tools and ingredients (not in depth), but then it moves right into the "recipes". I like lots of pictures when using creative or crafty books, and this one provides plenty. Each step is accompanied with an action photo and easy to follow instructions. And even if you didn't actually want to make the projects included in this book, the ideas, pictures, and technique instructions can spur endless new creative ideas for your own soap designs. In fact, I can see that some of these project techniques can cross over into other crafts. It's a great idea and project book to add to your collection. Plus you can't beat the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marcey Meyer on September 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I received my soapylove book today. Boy, am I glad I bought this book. I'm a melt and pour soap maker so I wondered if this was going to be a beginner book. This book is GREAT!!!!! It explains things very well. The pictures are beautiful! This book is very well written as well. It's concepts are explained well enough so a beginner could use it and advanced enough so a seasoned soaper will get alot of use out of this book as well. You will be inspired! My advise would be to buy this book. You won't regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erin Pikor on February 2, 2010
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This book is a must for any M&P soap crafter including those just starting out. The projects are creative and the easy step by step instructions are easy to follow and photographed beautifully. The book takes you from beginner projects to more advanced techniques, and I love that the author included transfer sheets and instructions on making texture sheets, an important skill you can utilize to make one of a kind soaps! The author also included useful information on the beginner techniques like layering soap and mixing color, with basic information on fragrance, color, and types of molds. Then, you delve right into colorful and creative projects which kept me interested and excited through every project! I honestly have not seen another book like this and highly recommend it!

I do suggest before you start, make note of all of the projects you want to try and get all of your supplies at once! That way you will have everything on hand when that creative inspiration strikes, and you won't have to wait for supplies to ship to you, or go out to the store in a hurry. I found that a lot of suppliers also have color samplers and scent samplers so you won't have to buy full size jars of colorants or fragrance at the start!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on March 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a die hard cold process soap maker and fan, but found myself giving melt and pour soap a try after picking up this book. It gave me the chance to be a bit more artistic with my soap which I loved. This book is packed with inspiring ideas that look amazing while still being completely doable. No experience or hard to find materials necessary. The projects in this book are easy enough for anyone to do and act as a brilliant springboard for new ideas of your own. My entire Girl Scout troop of 6th graders holding various levels of crafting know-how absolutely fell in love with melt and pour soap and this book. We loved it and so will you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Drosdak on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite craft books, and, hands down, my favorite book on melt and pour soap. Some projects are so easy that a beginner could pick it up, spend less than $20.00 at a craft store, and create some beautiful soaps. Some are so creative that seasoned soapers will adapt the techniques in the book for their own projects and create master works.

Tons of bright, colorful, huge step-by-step photos are on almost every page. The directions are easy to follow, and include a complete list of all supplies needed for each project.

The best part of this book is that it focuses on the part of melt and pour that I love the most... the FUN! Even the writing style is cheerful, and it makes you wish you could hang out in her soap kitchen.

Ms. Chialtas has come up with brilliant, kooky, cute and fabulous designs, and I can't wait for a sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana Ellen Evans on March 22, 2011
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This is one of the most inspiring books for soaping designs out there! I have a bunch and this has some TERRIFIC project ideas, but even better, project techniques. There are lots of innovative, creative techniques and how-to's in order for me to make my own mark and do my own thing when it comes to soap-making. I don't know anyone else in the field that uses stamps, molding materials, and carving techniques like this author does! I HIGHLY recommend this book- not your standard soap making book! Very informational when it comes to technical information, very good instructions, and amazing photographs. You'll be dying to try every technique she offers! Can't wait to spend even MORE money on a few supplies (mostly cutters) to make beautiful soaps.
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