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How I learned to make soap and start a business,
This review is from: Soap: Making It, Enjoying It (Paperback)
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this particular book.
When I started making soap around 1990, this was the only book I could find. I had only been searching for about 30 years for instructions on how to make soap at home, haahaa.
Ann Bramson, whoever she is and where ever she is, gave me a start to the most successful business I've ever owned. As a result, it has completely changed my life.
But, about this book.... It is very simple, very basic, and has a lot of information in it that will lead you in completely the wrong direction. Not because it isn't correct information exactly, it all is true for her book and her method of soap making. We soap makers have learned much since we all put our heads together on the internet. By swapping thoughts and failures we've greatly improved how to make soap at home.
Probably 90% of soap authors just copy the information in this book. So instead of buying theirs, buy this one. It is much less expensive and you will receive the exact same information.
I still love this book. It explains how to make some soap at home and isn't that what you're looking for? With this very inexpensive, no thrills, no daring to be different book, you will make your first batch of soap successfully!
I like her recipes and those are the only recipes I made for years. They do make excellent soap!
The issues I have with this book are that we do not need to match temperatures on your fats and lye solutions. You really should not use fat temperatures of 98 degrees; this is far too low. Certainly, you CAN add herbs and fruits and all sorts of things to your soap recipe. The reason she says that you cannot is because of the low temperatures she's using in her book.
With this book and some help from my web site and the internet soap making community, you can be on your way to being the happiest self employed person on the net too!
Buy this book. Even if it is just to share in my joy of getting started with MY first batch that headed me in the right career direction.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2009 11:46:58 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Thanks for all your reviews! As a successful soaper, I find your critiques are extensive and very clear. You sound like you basically rock. Thanks!
Posted on Mar 13, 2011 9:25:24 PM PDT
Dee Statham says:
I'm new to this and really appreciate your candor. And you're right about the information to be found on the internet. I've been able to find answers to questions I have, especially the one about fat temperatures not needing to be the same as the lye solutions. I just retired from Corporate America and found that this new venture is something I enjoy and
will hopefully find some fun in my 'golden' years. Thanks again. Continued success to you in your new career.
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