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Natural Soapmaking Paperback – December 31, 1999
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Making your own fragrant, softly tinted soaps--as well as bath salts, massage oils, and facial scrubs--is not only much less costly than buying them ready-made, it's also remarkably easy with the recipes in this book. The secret behind these simple but satisfying hand-milled soaps is to begin with purchased bars of plain white soap, rather than cooking up your own soap base from scratch. (This is not cheating, the author points out, but more like how you can consider soup homemade even if you didn't make the stock yourself.) The basic process is extremely straightforward; adding various oils, fragrances, colorants, and botanicals yields dozens of interesting variations. Also appealing are the extensive ideas for labeling and packaging your products and combining them in themed gift presentations. But you may have a hard time giving some of these away, since you'll be tempted to draw a relaxing bath and enjoy them yourself. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Imagine buying a book on how to make chocolate, and it tells you to buy PREMADE chocolate, melt it, mold it, and pretend you made it. Complete waste of money, but at least I bought it used...(I received book quickly, so my review is on the book, not the seller...)
There are alot of recipes in this book that can be used in regular soapmaking. I also love the idea that the book also has recipes and teaches you how to make Bath & Massage Oils, Solid Massage Oils, Bath Salts & Fizzies, as well as packaging and decorating your handmade items.
Thumbs up for Marie.
The recipes in this book are for grated soap making a great method but little more costly.
Instruction of the book is very easy to follow and layout makes sense.
Just not what I was looking for but will use in the future.
The main redeeming feature of the book is it's exellant description of packaging, and suggestions for putting together a superb gift box of soap. This section, which is the largest section in the book, is definitly worth the price. It even has patterns for some pretty fancy decorating techniques, in terms of packaging.
In my opinion, however, this is NOT a book about making soap. It's about SELLING soap. And, as a book about selling soap, it's very good.