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Making Transparent Soap: The Art Of Crafting, Molding, Scenting & Coloring Paperback – Illustrated, 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!
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580172448
- Dimensions : 7.06 x 0.31 x 10.06 inches
- ISBN-10 : 9781580172448
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Illustrated edition (April 15, 2000)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 158017244X
- Best Sellers Rank: #409,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A couple of readers mentioned the large batch sizes and some confusion as to the math etc and I can definitely understand why, especially if you’re more of a cook than a baker. Baking requires that proportions stay the same (mostly) in a recipe, but if you do the math to maintain the proportions, many recipes can be reduced or expanded to suit your needs. I have noticed that in soap as well. So...grab your favorite beverage, a calculator, a notebook and start scratching away! Working in columns helps me keep things straight and I can go back and double check my math before I commit to the making.
I ran a couple of these recipes/methods past one of my instructors and she said there didn’t seem to be any reason why they would NOT work. She also reminded me that context plays a big role in success when crafting soap, candles or other items. I live in a humid, warm climate, at an altitude where I just have to think about it when baking..so things evaporate more slowly, puff up a little more quickly and curing time is different than it would be in another climate.
Craft supplies here are often considered luxury items and pay high taxes so finding a way to start from scratch is wonderful. A scant kilo of very basic melt and pour soap here is over $12 (and not the organic or yummy kinds with milk or luxury oils) and it comes from China, so often there simply isn’t any available at any price.
So this book explains some of the chemistry, has some recipes that, once adjusted for a non-commercial (sales) application will be great, and takes the time to fill in some blanks that have been glossed over in other materials.
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).