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The Natural Soap Chef: Making Luxurious Delights from Cucumber Melon and Almond Cookie to Chai Tea and Espresso Forte [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Corley Barto
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Book Description


Pamper yourself with natural moisturizing lather. Indulge your senses with aromatic fragrances. Beautify your bath with stunning soap that you’ve created. This book shows how to take wonderful ingredients and turn them into amazing soaps like:

• Rosemary Olive Oil Soap
• Lemon Verbena Soap
• Pink Grapefruit Soap
• Chocolate Soufflé Soap
• Chai Tea Soap
• Baby Rose Soap
• Guinness Stout Soap
• Espresso Forte Soap
• Cut Grass Soap
• Head-to-Toe Shampoo Bar
• Cucumber Melon Soap
• Pumpkin Spice Soap

Including easy step-by-step directions and helpful instructive photos, The Natural Soap Chef is chockfull of inventive recipes and techniques that will teach you basic cold process soap making. Make your own luxurious bars and unique soaps right in your own kitchen that will please even the most sensitive skin.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

If you have a hobby that you enjoy, don't keep it to yourself! Start a blog and share your experience with the world. You never know who may be watching/reading. In my case it was Ulysses Press. Writing a book was something I never expected to do, but now that it's all said and done, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I'm so glad I'm able to inspire new soap makers and reach people from all over the world. <3 Heidi Corley Barto

About the Author

Heidi Corley Barto is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Unable to find soap that did not irritate her youngest daughter’s skin, Barto started creating her own. This is her first book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1053 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612430627
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008164O2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting July 31, 2012
By J. Wood
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Almost the entire book consists of one soap recipe meaning the oils are the same and in the same proportions except for 1 recipe that had some Hemp Oil and one or two that had some Castor Oil. This main recipe is tweaked by switching out the distilled water with other liquids (tea, beer, milk, etc) and using a different fragrance. Sometimes there's additives to match the fragrance (tea leaves, coffee grounds, fruit zest, an infused olive oil, etc). This is a beginners book with pretty pictures which I did enjoy. Not a resource for trying truly different recipes or even learning how to create a soap recipe.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Book, Great Recipes September 8, 2012
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The Natural Soap Chef covers all the basics and shares some great recipes and ideas for making soap. It also has wonderful photography. The content is organized, and the recipes are easy to follow. I'd recommend it to anyone beginning to make soap. Experienced soapers should be warned: most of the recipes are based on one oil recipe, so there is not a lot of variety, but if you are learning to make soap and want to try different things while you master an oil recipe, this is a good book to read. Also, this book does not cover how to create recipes of your own, which some reviewers didn't like, so if you are looking to learn how to do that, you probably don't want to check this book out. However, if you are looking for creative ideas and basic information, this book is excellent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - Not really natural as the title states November 11, 2012
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I was excited to see this book as I thought at last someone had created wonderful natural products. While the soap is handmade and uses natural oils in them, the addition of fragrance oils makes these soaps totally unnatural. There is nothing natural about synthetic fragrances. The recipes are basically the same with a different fragrance added in to change the recipe. There are many other books out there that are far better at giving varied recipes and instructions than this one. I think the title is very misleading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at first sight May 31, 2012
Received my copy yesterday and I have to say its full of great ideas! Its a cold process book and all of the recipes are for small 2 lb batches. Several ideas to texturize the tops of soap and some ideas for additives I never would have thought of. All of the recipes seem solid as I ran a few through a soap calc and they balanced out well. On my days off I will definately be trying some of recipes. I recommend this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouth watering soap recipes August 18, 2012
I have always wanted to make my own soap from scratch but have always been a bit intimidated by the entire process. I continue to read up on the process and techniques and have started sourcing some of the ingredients so I can give it a try. I was drawn to The Natural Soap Chef because of the food tie in that many of these recipes have. I am a huge foodie and love combining new flavors and seasonings in the kitchen so the idea of incorporating the same concepts into soap making sounded intriguing.

The first couple of chapters of this book are dedicated to newbies like myself who have no idea what we are doing. There is a discussion of the ingredients, necessary materials, and `extras' you can add to your recipe. There is a chapter dedicated to explaining the soap making process and step by step directions in detail. This includes many pictures, which I always find helpful. Most of the recipes make approximately 8 three ounce bars per batch which seams like a fair amount.

After the author has given you all the information you need, she ventures into the recipes. I really like that she starts this section with `beginner recipes'. The first one is a simple olive oil soap that contains only olive oil, lye and water. Not all the beginner recipes are that simple...some still seem a little intimidating to me. I think I would like to see a few more recipes that only have one or two oils....that makes the process seem less intimidating for me somehow.

The recipe selection is amazing...there are recipes using beer, goats milk, coffee, honey and many other unique combinations. Chai Tea soap and Almond Cookie soap sound absolutely mouth watering and I can just imagine how they would smell in the shower.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 14, 2012
By Heather
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I was expecting more from the title and description. This is a beginners book. Every recipe repeats every step. That gets a little monotonous. I am a seasoned soap maker but am always looking for new a refreshing ideas. There are some good recipes, I was just expecting a more recipes and benefits of them type book not a beginners book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smells sooooooo good!! June 11, 2012
Just received my copy of The Natural Soap Chef and just couldn't put it down. There is very interesting information and background of soap making and the personal touch from Heidi kept my attention. The work that goes into the making of each soap is amazing but the outcome is truly tantalizing and beautifully displayed. I have had the opportunity to see and smell some of Heidi's soaps in person and they are absolutely wonderful, my favorite "right now" is Pachoulie, but I have my eye or nose on quite a few more. Love the fact that there is also a soap for your pet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have! July 13, 2012
By debe
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This book is amazing, for anyone who might have an interest in making or trying to understand the process of soapmaking. Starting with the enticing cover and the choice of colors, you are just drawn to this book. The photography of the soaps is well thought out; each backdrop suits the particular soap described. I have tried many of them, as well as given them as gifts, and Heidi has created the feeling that one gets when using each soap.
The introduction gives the reader insight to the authors original interest in soapmaking, and then the need to help her daughter.
As you read on, you notice the incredible detail in every section. Heidi has not forgotten a thing! Complete comprehensive directions, beautiful photographs, interesting notations about each soap, and for safety #2 in every recipe.
An absolutely wonderful book to add to your collection or to give as a gift, along with a delightful bar of soap!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the PERFECT first soap book
This book is the PERFECT first soap book. It gives you enough information to make a variety of quality soaps safely without being intimidating. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars There is much better available.
I found this lacking. Also some inaccurate areas. There is much better available.
Published 19 days ago by Janice Cordeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars great tutorial. Good as described
great tutorial.

Good as described. I make my soap, turns good !!
Published 2 months ago by MappleBobert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it Easy to follow along the steps.//
Published 3 months ago by joel vallarta
4.0 out of 5 stars natural soap chef
I like the book but I had some problems with the small recipes, I like to make 5-6 pound recipes,
Published 3 months ago by madam gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade soap is the only way to go!
I received a copy of The Natural Soap Chef to review! I have always loved the idea of making soap, so I was thrilled to review this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonny @ Quick Tattletails
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Easy to Read
This book is well organized and clearly written. She explains the process of trace very well with corresponding photos. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Krista Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Instruction
I ordered three soap making books - this one is by far superior to the other two. The author clearly lays out the materials needed to start, the ingredients, and then proceeds to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by H. Heuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional book!
I bought this book because my husband and I thought we would try our hand at soap making. C'mon, all 60+ seniors need a hobby! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Heidi Corley Barto is a self-taught soapmaker and graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Unable to find soap that did not irritate her youngest daughter's skin, she started creating her own; Penelope B. Soap was born. When not making soap, she is the Assistant to the Director at her local library where she helps the public find books to read, helps the tech un-savvy navigate the web, sees books on awesome hobbies she wants to try and basically troubleshoots all day long. She lives in Wingdale, NY with her husband Rick, daughters Gillian and Paige, and their goofy Vizsla, Penelope.


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