Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps Spiral-bound – January 26, 2016
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
— Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Founder and CEO, Indie Business Network
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE this book! I follow her blog and watch her tutorials. Very impressed.Published 3 days ago by Christin Prokopy
Conversationally written and gorgeously photographed, Pure Soapmaking makes me think, "I can do this! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Janet
Wonderful Book!! Love the additional information on soap making.Published 24 days ago by Darla Callahan