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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]

Anne L. Watson
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2007
Maybe you've made melt-and-pour soap and want to move on to something more challenging and rewarding. Maybe traditional soapmaking appeals to you, but you figure it's too difficult or dangerous. Or maybe you're already doing it, but outmoded ideas and methods are complicating the process and slowing you down.

No matter which of these fits you, you'll find Smart Soapmaking practical, helpful, and refreshing. Written by a former professional soapmaker, this book explodes the myths about soapmaking and shows you how to make luxurious soap with the least fuss and bother.

With both customary and metric measurements, plus a list of suppliers in five countries, Smart Soapmaking is the first truly international book on the craft!

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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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 6 2008
I found this to be the best book I have purchased to date on making cold process soaps. It is great for beginners because it gives easy to understand, no fail directions and recipes. It does away with many of the myths of soap making that persist in other books. It also gives a great variety of base soaps to make and expand on. If you want success and an easy and relaxed way to make C.P soaps do yourself a favor and get this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the Beginner! Nov. 16 2010
This book was suggested to me by a friend. I was gung-ho to start making soap, but I had read a couple of other books that either had misinformation in them or were just plain confusing.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid foundation June 6 2013
I bought this book before making my first batch of soap. I felt a bit intimidated by the process, and was looking for a step-by-step guide and a few good recipes to try. This is exactly what this book is!!

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me confidence. May 9 2013
By Peanut
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This is a great book for those looking for written instructions for making soap.Clear instructions and recipes, used many times over. I'm an ole fashion girl and I love a good book, and this is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for first time soap makers. July 17 2014
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This is a most informative book for the novice soap maker. I found a lot of interesting tips and Anne dismisses the scary part of using lye. Though she does give cautions, it is not the dreaded task some books will lead you to believe. My first soap batch was from her recommended 'first time receipe' and it turned out wonderful. I will keep this book to refer to in my future soap making adventures.
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If you have ever wanted to make soap, and were afraid to try,..this is a must read, it has step by step instructions that anyone can understand its definitely a must buy book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great instruction book Jan. 24 2014
By Prairie Gal TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I like the lay out of the book and the careful attention to details. Instructions are clear and there is enough added detail to ensure success. Recipes are interesting too.
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