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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

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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.

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  • File Size: 1053 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612430627
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008164O2A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Wood on July 31, 2012
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dana Huff on 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M Auxier on 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 By Diane Hoffmaster on August 18, 2012
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Casillas on May 31, 2012
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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 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather on August 14, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anniesez on June 11, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Polhemus on June 17, 2012
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I fell in love with Heidi's soaps BEFORE this wonderful book was even a thought. Her soaps are refreshing, smell wonderful and make you feel good (inside and out) knowing that you are using good natural ingredients on your skin as well as helping with the carbon footprint. My mantra is "If you cannot eat it, should you put it on your skin? Your LARGEST organ?" Heidi re-enforces this thought with her natural, well-thought-out recipes in The Natural Soap Chef. The book is beautifully done with easy to follow instructions, great visuals and a little side bar from the author about each recipe, showing her giving nature and sense of self. The book is an easy size to work with, very well laid out and even a novice will have no problems following the recipes. She even includes how to make your own labels! She has done her homework well and the finished products you will want to make again and again, being tempted to eat them but don't,just smell and lather! I would buy this book as a gift without hesitation. Be prepared to fall in love over and over as each new soap is made. Enjoy the journey!
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