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The Everything Soapmaking Book: Recipes and Techniques for Creating Colorful and Fragrant Soaps Paperback – Abridged, February 7, 2007
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There is so much information in this book that was very well researched and a great benefit to the soap maker at any level. There are several techniques that are simplified from other books and information on the internet such as liquid soapmaking in a slow cooker.
There are discussions of soap casting, making geodes, swirling, gemstones, hand milling, and so much more to make this a VERY complete discussion of soap making.
Once you have mastered soap making and want to start selling, Alicia has added a very well written section on selling. Where to sell how to sell and useful information on what to expect when selling.
The only drawback is that the publisher did not use color photographs and add more of them to the book. This really would have enhanced the overall quality of the book if they had used all of Alicia's photos and in color.
1) Grosso tries to fit too much into one book. She tries to cover cold process, hot process and melt & pour in ONE book which makes it a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none sort of thing. Because she tries to fit so much in one book, it feels like she is leaving things out. I feel a lot of her descriptions and explanations have a "Well you know what I mean" sense to them. Therefore I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginner soapmaker.
2) It is poorly laid out. I like to have information in one section and recipes in another. This book flows like a stream of conscience which makes it hard when you just want to flip to find a recipe.
3)(and most importantly) The recipes are paltry at best. For instance in the CP section she gives you ONE base recipe and then just sort of builds off of that, and not in a meaningful manner. She adds lavender oil in one. In the next she adds lavender and something else. To me that means she put in ONE recipe and then offers suggestions for variations. The HP section is similar. I'm not sure how a book that really only contains 1 or 2 distinct recipes per section gets such high ratings.
Personally when it comes to soapmaking I recommend Anne Watson's "Smart Soapmaking" or Susan Miller Cavitch's "The Soapmaker's Companion." They are just better all around.
This book has the most complete instructions and ideas for making soap out of all the others out there. So if you're only buying one soapmaking book - this is the one I would suggest. There are other good ones - but this one covers areas like fragrance and color options better than most. She also tells you specific suppliers where you can find some ingredients which is very helpful to beginners. Whether you want all-natural soaps or if you're OK with some synthetic ingredients - you can do both with this book whereas other books limit your options and don't give more info on natural ingredients. Although this book won't teach you everything there is to know about soapmaking - it will give you the best foundation over the other books available and help you decipher confusing information you might see on the internet.
I'm an experienced soap maker now and I sell my soaps to a happy group of fans, but I will still refer back to this book sometimes for inspiration and ideas. Her writing style is very comfortable and it's easy to get absorbed and just keep reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for your arsenal! A little bit of everything in there.Published 1 month ago by Daisy Mae
It looks much better than it is. Many of the recipes are ridiculous. I wish it was more about making quality soap and not fancy looking complicated recipes.Published 3 months ago by Michelle Van Slyke
I love it when perfectionist share their secrets. There is lots of detail and is considered one of the best of classic soap making books.Published 5 months ago by M. Deetjen
Very informative. I have read through this book multiple times. When I first started making soap, this was my go to book!Published 8 months ago by Brittney
Pretty simple to understand. Nice soap recipes and I can't wait to try them. I am a beginner so if i can understand it you will too. :)Published 8 months ago by TAW