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“This book has everything you need for success. From buttermilk to alkanet root, and from swirls to layers, and everything in between, you'll be making amazing natural soap in no time. A great addition to your soapy library!”
— Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Founder and CEO, Indie Business Network

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Pamper Your Skin with Natural Ingredients
Learn to make beautiful, nourishing soaps -- it's fun, and your skin will thank you! Moisturize with shea butter, exfoliate with crushed walnut shells, and soothe itchy skin with oatmeal. More than 30 expertly formulated recipes take advantage of the beneficial properties in many natural ingredients.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612125336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612125336
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather Holland Wheaton on January 20, 2016
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I was so excited about Anne-Marie Faiola’s (of Soap Queen and Brambleberry fame) new book Pure Soapmaking. I devoured her first book, Soap Crafting in one sitting and still pore over it every now and then to get inspiration from the recipes, techniques and drool-worthy photos.

Like Soap Crafting, Pure Soapmaking is spiral bound, so it’ll lie flat when you’re using it. It’s also chock-full of gorgeous photos, fun techniques and inspiring recipes—however this time it’s using ‘all natural’ ingredients.

I put quotes around ‘all natural’ because Anne-Marie does use pigments and oxides for color in the majority of the recipes. Pigments and oxides are usually made in a lab and are ‘nature identical’ rather than being ‘natural.’

Perhaps that’s splitting hairs, but as someone who enjoys growing what goes into my soap, I was hoping there’d be more of an emphasis on using botanicals, fruits and vegetables for color.

Yes, she uses annatto, alkanet, comfrey, madder and indigo, but what about rhubarb, burdock leaf, seaweed, pumpkin powder and manjistha powder?Instead there's ultramarine pink, yellow oxide and green chrome oxide.

I was especially disappointed when I read the recipe made with blueberries got its beautiful color from ultramarine blue and titanium dioxide. Would indigo or woad have worked instead?

Having said all that from on top of my soapbox, I do love the book. It'll definitely become a much looked-at tome in my soap making book library.The recipes include ingredients like potatoes, lemon juice and egg yolks and the techniques are easy to follow.

I’ll try adapting some of the recipes to use with what I consider ‘natural’ colorants.

And I might even try to make blueberry soap without ultramarine blue.
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I'm super excited to try these recipes! I avoid artificial ingredients, colorants, or preservatives in my soap so this book was a perfect buy.

The good:
1. Each recipe comes scented with a combination of two-three essential oils (not a whole list that would cost a fortune)
2. The recipes are new, not the things you can already find on Soap Queen
3. Interesting additions like walnut shells, paprika, cocoa
4. The book starts off with a good introduction for beginners

The bad:
1. This book, like Anne-Marie's first book Soap Crafting, still calls for products unique to her BrambleBerry website. I do not mind, but I know some readers who will be irked.
2. Some colorants in the recipes are still questionable (like titanium dioxide) which some think is a carcinogen

Overall, I think it is a beautiful book that has interesting tips and plenty of things to try for beginner and advanced soapmakers. I will avoid or substitute some of the colorants that the book specifies. However, this is a great manual on soapmaking with natural ingredients.
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I bought this book for natural soap recipes- and I agree with a few other reviews, not all the ingredients used are natural. I was hoping for some recipes with exotic cold pressed oils, but the recipes use common oils and butters, some good, some not good at all. Pros: the photos are great and so is the spiral bound design. Some of the recipes are simple. Some of the ingredients used are common and easy to find. Some of the recipes look really fun!
Cons: I recognized a great many of the designs from the Amy Warden Soap Challenge and the original artisan soap makers were not given credit (design ideas are not exclusive to the Soap Queen). You're gonna have to spend a WHOLE lot of money buying the molds she uses for the recipes and the equipment. Instead of telling you how many ounces a recipe makes- you get how many bars based on her molds (a pain in the butt for a newbie to figure out using your own molds.) More than half the book is for advanced soap makers. Some recipes call for food items like potato or cucumber or banana- however there are powdered extracts that would be much safer to use IF you were selling these soaps (as far as I know the FDA does not approve raw food in soaps).
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Loved this book so much that I purchased a second copy for my soaping sister. it is a beautiful book that is well write with a great layout. I read this book from cover to cover. I am an experienced Soapmaker who found it to be quite inspirational. I may try some of her design ideas; at the very least I will use the book for new ideas.

I have seen some complain as to what is natural or not. Anyone can argue as to whether this book uses "natural" ingredients or not. In the United States there is no legal definition for "natural ingredients ". If you don't like a particular ingredient, don't use it.
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