- File Size: 4568 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 30, 1995)
- Publication Date: June 30, 1995
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004EENYOM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her formulas for making high-quality vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin -- and free of synthetic additives.
The Natural Soap Book gives you:
* Clear directions and illustrations to guide you step-by-step through the entire process -- from buying supplies to cutting and trimming the final bars.
* Recipes for old favorites like oatmeal/honey and avocado soaps to Susan's unique recipes for goat milk, borage, and even a tropical shampoo bar.
* Creative wrapping and gift packaging ideas.
* Formulas for exotic specialty scents like Holiday Spice, Sweet Earth, and Southern Summers.
* Profiles and tips from professional soapmakers.
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The problems with this book are as follows: There are very good ways to make soap that disagree with the author, temperature is a topic I don't agree with her about. Her recipes are too large, but you can find a lot of free recipes and instruction on the internet. You can lso find lye calculators online...soapcalc.net is an excellent resource,they also have many other helpful features on that website.
I found about 90% of the information presented in an easy to use form and was very applicable to someone who didn't know anything about making soap. I liked the part with the different vegetable oils and what they contribute to the finished product. I also tried one of the recipes (the shampoo bar for normal to dry hair) with good results. The recipes are made for HUGE batches (which is good for people who are selling their soaps) which doesn't help the beginning soap maker. I ended up translating the recipes to percentages rather than amounts which made it very easy to make any amount of soap. (My shampoo bar recipe made 3 bars)
My suggestion for people who want smaller batches are to put the recipes into percentages then put the percentages into a lye calculator (I like SoapCalc) and put your recipe into grams. I picked up a cheap scale that does both ounces and grams and it works really well. I usually go for a 454 gram batch (about 1 pound) or 225 gram batch (about 1/2 pound). Those amounts are great for experimenting and will be able to show me rather I want to make a larger batch or make more of that recipe.
If you are looking for a good book on making vegetable oil soaps, this is it. I would recommend it highly. It is also nicely formatted for e-readers like the Kindle.
Having fun. Proud of my results. Gathering all the equipment to see how much I want to invest in this endeavor. I would recommend a book called "How to make wooden soap molds (without sawing a single piece if wood)" by M. Bear. If you are just getting started like me; you might want to check this one out.
I have to say, though, that this book was written by someone who has had a lot of experience with soapmaking, and it is one of the few books I read that had a "troubleshooting" guide for soapmaking problems. My first attempt with soapmaking was a failure. The first batch came out powdery in some areas. The troubleshooting guide helped explained why.
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especially good if u are a begginer it have everything you need to know.