Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself Paperback – Feb 1 2007
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A great book for beginners, with clear and easy instructions. -- Anne-Marie Faiola, Bramble Berry Inc., Bellingham, Washington
Should become THE book for soapmaking. . . . Has a wonderful common sense approach that is SO long overdue. -- Susan Kennedy, Oregon Trail Soaps, Rogue River, Oregon
Smart it is . . . . A simple, no-nonsense book that cuts through the curmudgery of stifling soap bibles like no other. -- Shellie Humphries, Harstine Island, Washington
Way overdue. . . . A gift of common sense caution, proven methods, tried-and-true shortcuts, and some excellent recipes as well. -- Deb Petersen, Shepherd's Soap Co., Shelton, Washington
Written with a delightful voice and humor. -- Kathy Miller, Miller's Homemade Soap Pages, Silverdale, Washington
About the Author
Anne L. Watson made soap professionally under the company name Soap Tree before deciding that soapmaking was more fun as a hobby than a business. In her other life, she is now retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Other interests of Anne's have included photography, quilting, scale miniatures, puppetry, and carousels. She is the author of an epistolary novel, Skeeter: A Cat Tale (Next River Books, 2005); and with her children's author husband, Aaron Shepard, a graphic novel, Robin Hood (Stone Arch Books, 2007). Anne, Aaron, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Olympia, Washington.See all Product Description
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This book made it easy! My first batch of soap turned out beautifully and I am excited to make more.
The author debunks some of the myths attached to soapmaking and makes it easy for the beginner to get started.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has had poor luck making soap or who is just starting out.
As a warning, I should say that at first I was a bit disappointed by the limited number of recipes contained in the book (10?). But the truth is that you only need a couple of good recipes to start with. Knowing that the recipe will be a success (and all of the recipes in this book are foolproof, believe me!) will give you confidence to experiment with colours and smells if that's what you want to do.
A big advantage of this book is that it doesn't call for exotic or hard-to-find ingredients. Everything you need can be found in your kitchen or bought for a reasonable price from online providers. And yes, she's right: the best soap mold is an empty milk carton!! (either that or a silicon mold: rigid molds are trouble, at least for beginners). Note that if you want to make soap to give away as a present it needs to cure for 2-4 weeks.
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Absolutely love this book and the author. The knowledge shared by the author is extremely useful, helpful and clealy written.Published 1 month ago by Unique
Clear directions. Would have liked photos of soap at different stages. Good resource list.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This text is very clear and easy to follow. They give very good explanations and the recommended websites are also extremely helpful.Published 16 months ago by Tasha
Happy with this book, all of her books actually. Complete with valuable info.Published 17 months ago by Mona