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Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap - A Beginners Guide and Beyond Paperback – September 6, 2012
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From the Author
Authors Note: Regarding the first edition of this book, I listened closely to all of the reviews I read here and also the feedback directly from readers. From their comments, I included all the things that readers/reviewers felt were missing from the first edition: more instructions on STANDARD soap making, more recipes for standard soap making, how to swirl colors in soap, how to sell soap, how to cut and cure soap, how to set up a booth at a craft fair or market.
The original "Bubbles and Bull" section where I described past business relations that went south has been greatly edited to only two stories, leaving more room for soap talk and soap recipes. The second edition also includes a section for those who want a few recipes using animal fats.
-All about Soap
(the history of soap of how it transformed through the years)
-Types of Soap
(cold process, hot process, liquid soap, soap balls)
-Soap Making Terms and Equipment
(all the necessary soap making lingo and the supplies you need to get started)
-The Oils in Soap Making
(the variety of soap making oils and their properties)
(the math behind creating soap recipes)
-Standard Soap Making Instructions
(how to make cold processed soap)
-Standard Soap Recipes
(a variety of soap recipes for specialty, luxury, and everyday use)
-Animal Fat Recipes
(a few recipes for those who like lard or beef tallow soap)
-Master Batch Soap Making Instructions
(how to pre-melt large batches of oils to make large quantities of soap)
-Master Batch Soap recipes
(more soap making recipes that can be re-sized for single batches)
-An Overview of Essential Oils
(the basic properties of some of the most widely used essential oils)
-Selling, Packaging, and Labeling
(how to get your soap ready for sale)
-Tales of Running a Soap business
(funny stories and practical advice from an experienced soap maker)
-Resources and Suppliers
(where to find all the ingredients soap makers use)
FROM THE PREFACE:
My own interest in body care products came when I worked as the assistant manager for the well-known skin care company, Garden Botanika. Around the same time, I saw the Sandra Bullock movie, Practical Magic (based on the book by Alice Hoffman), and fell in love with the look and feel of her little bath and botanical shop. When Garden Botanika down-sized and closed their locations in the Southern states, the interest in skincare stayed with me. Research took me down a slightly different path as I learned more and more about natural skincare versus the mass-produced selections found in so many stores today. So the urge hit me again and I decided to reread the books I had purchased about soap making to figure out where I had gone wrong. That was back in 1999. Today, our soap company, aromagregory, produces thousands of pounds of soap each year, all made using original recipes that either my partner or I created.
This is the journey I will take you on - the beginning process of making good soap that is great for your skin. Once you get started and get the hang of it, beware. With so many scents and ingredients to choose from, it can become an addiction. The guest room may become the soap factory. Your friends will wish you would just stop talking about soap! The ledge of our bath tub looks like a cemetery; where rows and rows of soap line up side by side, waiting to see which one will strike our fancy for a quick morning shower or a relaxing bath at night.
In the first part of the book, I will explain how to make soap the regular way, by pulling out your ingredients, weighing and melting your oils, etc. This method is a good way of making small batches of soap just for friends and family. Also, the recipes include a wider variety of ingredients and let you experiment with different carrier oils.
The second part of the book focuses of what is called master-batch soap making. This is when your premix all of your carrier oils (olive, coconut, canola, etc.) and let them sit at room temperature until it is time to make soap. This method is good for making a lot of soap in a short amount of time and will focus on recipes that include just a few good carrier oils.
Are you ready to begin? There is no turning back once you get the feel for this creative and rewarding form of art.
Thanks so much,
Gregory Lee White
BOOK CORRECTIONS UPDATE - the below corrections are for copies purchased prior to 12-03-2013. Editions after this date have correct recipes amounts and all general book typos have been corrected.
Hemp Soap Recipe - lye amount is missing from recipe. The correct amount is 6.1 ounces.
Goats Milk Ylang-Ylang soap - the correct amount of essentials oils used in recipe should be: 2 ounces of ylang-ylang and 1 ounce of patchouli
From the Back Cover
- how to make soap for beginners
- small soap production
- large batch production
- over 45 soap recipes
- cutting and curing soap
- packaging and labeling
- selling soap to the public
- how to set up to sell at craft fairs
- essential oil guide
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I even made the soapbox myself - went to Home Depot and asked the guy to cut up the long piece of wood to get the exact dimensions as described in the book. It works great! Thank you.
The detailed lists of carrier oils, SAP values, and explanations of each essential oil is phenomenal. Each soap also has a description about how it is beneficial.
I have very active eczema and this book caters to my needs! Thank you again!
Frankly, after many batches of soap, checking and rechecking instructions, fragrance and essential oils, and base oil properties it turned out that this little book sported penciled in notes, dog eared corners and olive oil fingerprints. This was the book I actually USED. The recipes offered range from cost effective, simple and straight forward to more luxurious and complex. The clear, friendly, conversational tone and no nonsense and often comical delivery of information have made exploring soap making enjoyable and rewarding.
In hindsight, I would have borrowed the colourful and expensive books from the library (I found online videos to be more helpful than the photos) and used those funds for essential oils, a better kitchen scale or a perhaps wooden soap mould.
The only question I had after reading the book and referring back to it while making soap was this: cleaning up afterwards!! I know, silly right? However, I did "burn" myself during the cleaning process. I should have kept my gloves on! I have now learned that the lye is still active after the fact! Luckily I did have the ACV (apple cider vinegar) ready as Mr. White advised and it does work very well to neutralize the lye and stop the burn.
Whether you are new to soap making or experienced, I would recommend this book. It even has different batch sizes. I suppose one is the regular size for home use but the other is for big batches (with a lot of different recipes from a master batch), which will be in my future as I want to give gifts this holiday season.
Thank you Mr. White! Great book. Oh... also loved the essential oil descriptions.
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