- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition, First Printing edition (April 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158017244X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580172448
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Transparent Soap: The Art Of Crafting, Molding, Scenting & Coloring Paperback – April 15, 2000
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Contrary to popular belief, making beautiful see-through soap doesn't require loads of special equipment, supplies, or overly complex preparation methods. All you need are some kitchen basics, such as pots, stirrers, and a thermometer; some inexpensive supplies from your local supermarket or craft store; and basic know-how -- and you're on your way to creating your own personalized soaps.
Following Catherine Failor's easy, step-by-step directions, you can create transparent soap masterpieces that are milder, richer, and creamier than any commercial brand on the market!
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However, my main complaint (and why it isn't the best for beginners) is that all of the recipes make commercial-size batches of soap (author mentions that recipes make 50-60 "average sized" bars of soap). This is great when you're making soap to sell or want to do a lot for holiday gifts, but for your first time making transparent soap it could lead to a LOT of wasted ingredients (if you miss or mess up a step).
For future editions, I'd like to see at least one beginner recipe that makes just 1-2 pounds of soap with this process, to familiarize readers with it on a smaller scale with less risk. Otherwise I think the book is easy to read and the directions seem easy to follow. The author also gives good advice on buying your ingredients to avoid spending more money than necessary, particularly for the alcohol needed as a solvent in the later steps (hint: if you buy it from the liquor store, you'll likely overpay).
Semi-technical material written in a fashion that could be mastered by a non technical reader.
Underlying explanations a written in a way, that make me suspect the author is self taught in organic chemistry. Pretty impressive for that.
Would have been nice to get more hard-core organic explanations, but I realize you would lose more than a few readers that way. (dipole moment and solvent behavior, the structure/property relationship of fatty acids - etc.)
In the preface she writes that business people see what is not there - and she is dead on - no one had written a digestible transparent soap book that I am aware.
Leaves the field wide open for more books IMHO.
I agree that methods not including high grain alcohol would help those of us living in oppressive regimes.