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The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners: Do-It-Yourself Soaps Using All-Natural Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils Paperback – August 8, 2017
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Swirling colors into soap is super easy and fun. There are many techniques to choose from, and soapers are constantly inventing more. I will outline the three basic techniques to help get you started, followed by a tutorial for a basic swirl.
The most important tip for swirls is that your soap needs to be at light to medium trace. You must emulsify the oils and water, but don’t overdo it. Thinner soap will cause the swirls to sink into the soap, while soap that is too thick will cause the swirl to sit on top of the soap. Make sure your temperatures are a little lower than usual, 90° to 100°F, to give yourself more time to create swirls.
You’ll need a few extra tools for swirling:
- Extra glass bowls or measuring cups—one for each color you’d like to swirl into your batch
- Rubber spatula or chopstick (for a basic swirl)
- An extra large pot (for a slide)
1. At light trace, divide the soap batter into several glass bowls depending on the number of colors you are making. If you want just a few swirls on top, transfer just 1 cup to a separate bowl. If you are coloring the entire batch, divide it up evenly.
2. Add color to the soap you removed—for example, activated charcoal, rose clay, spirulina, or cocoa powder—and whisk to remove any lumps.
3. Pour the base color into the mold. Pour the colored soap over the base color in vertical, horizontal, or diagonal stripes. It is important to choose only one direction.
4. For larger swirls, use a spatula. For smaller swirls, use a chopstick. Insert the spatula or chopstick into the batter until it reaches the bottom of the mold. Drag it up and down across the length of the mold. (See Patchouli, Charcoal, and Spirulina Swirl Soap, page 134.) Stop there or add extra swirls by returning the spatula or chopstick to the starting point and retracing your steps, making small circles across the length of the soap (See Acne Bentonite Clay and Charcoal Soap, page 128).
“The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners is so much more than a recipe book for new soap makers. It encompasses essential techniques for working with natural herbs, clay, salts, and essential oils to protect their integrity, fragrance, and color in the complex chemical reactions of the soap vat. Ingredients are expensive and you don’t want to waste them with experiments that end up in the re-batch bin. Using the tested recipes in Kelly Cable’s book, the beginner soap maker will find immediate success, while the advanced soap maker will discover valuable and creative techniques to explore.”―Christine Dalziel, author of The Beeswax Workshop, creator of Joybilee Farm
“The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners is a valuable resource that confidently guides the beginner soap maker through that first batch of soap and into the wonderful world of creative natural soap making!”―Jan Berry, author of Simple & Natural Soapmaking
"With gorgeous and inspiring photography, helpful charts, clear tutorials, and creative and enticing recipes, this book will inspire you to make your own high-quality, natural soaps! Easy step-by-step instructions lead you through the soap making process with clarity. We especially love the addition of herbs and spices for their color and therapeutic properties–familiar kitchen spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, as well as the plants growing in our yards and gardens, like burdock leaf and calendula!"–Herbal Academy
“As a firm believer in making things at home with natural and wholesome ingredients, I love that Kelly's book only highlights natural colorants and scents. She's taken the guesswork out of what plant matters will give you what colors, and her attention to safety sets this book apart as my number one reference on making homemade soap in my homestead kitchen.”―Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life, host of the Pioneering Today Podcast
“This book is perfect for the beginner and expert soap maker alike! Each step of the process is thoroughly explained in easy to understand terms.”―Heather Harris, creator of The Homesteading Hippy
“The lessons and step-by-step tutorials will take the mystery out of soap making so that beginners can proceed with confidence. But there’s much here for experienced soap makers as well. I’ve been making soap for many years, but I’ve rarely gone beyond the basics. Kelly’s new book inspires me to be more experimental and artistic in my soap making!”―Susan Vinskofski, creator of LearningAndYearning
“This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to start making their own homemade soaps! Kelly explains every detail and makes the process approachable for everyone. The recipes are easy to follow and full of natural and herbal ingredients―my favorite kind.”―Colleen Codekas, creator of Grow Forage Cook Ferment
About the Author
KELLY CABLE is the soap maker and herbalist behind the popular blog Simple Life Mom. For more than 10 years, Kelly’s been making soap from scratch using all-natural ingredients and, since 2013, selling her soaps through her successful Etsy shop. She regularly leads soap making classes in three states. In The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners Kelly shares her knowledge of the tricks of the trade for beginners and DIY-veterans alike. Learn more at SimpleLifeMom.com.
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No such luck. I consider myself to be a rather brave person, but that liquid soapmaking book made the process seem so intimidating I STILL haven't gathered the courage to try it yet. I know that there must not be toooo many differences between hard and soft soaps, in fact, I've heard that soft soaps are easier! But the teaching style of "that other book" just didn't compare to this one at all. So I can't help but hope this author comes back for another round someday and empowers us newbies by writing about soft soaps too! I'd be first in line to buy it. :)
The only thing I didn't like was the lack of pictures. There were very few and I like to see the final product of a recipie to compare to my own. I wish I could have seen what all the recipies were supposed to look like.