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The Everything Soapmaking Book: Recipes and Techniques for Creating Colorful and Fragrant Soaps [Paperback]

Alicia Grosso
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Feb. 7 2007 Everything®
Home soapmaking is not only more economical than buying premade soaps--it's also a lot more fun! With The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition, you will be making homemade soaps for yourself and your friends in no time!

Completely revised and updated, The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition is a complete guide to making all kinds of soap from simple bath soaps to beautiful, aromatic gifts, right in the comfort of your own home. Easy-to-follow steps lead you through the process of making soap, from buying the right kind of equipment to developing unique soap recipes. The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition shows you how to:

  • Find the right ingredients and equipment
  • Experiment with different types of soap--from basic kitchen soap to the perfect facial soap
  • Make and package soaps for holidays and special occasions
  • Add special scents and colors to please the senses
  • Master artistic techniques for unique shapes and sizes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers Everything! April 22 2008
By Susan W
This book is packed with information, covering just about every aspect of soapmaking. Great recipes, safety advice and fully illustrated examples. Quite inspiring, and useful especially for the beginner, as it goes step by step, with advice at every stage of the process. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more recipes. Jan. 3 2012
By Telkwa
There is a lot of information on the processes of soapmaking but it's short on recipes for milled soap. Listen to the author about using a double boiler carefully. I let mine boil dry and the ceramic stove top cracked! An expensive lesson!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Sept. 27 2011
By Jazzyj
This book mentions nothing about melt and pour method, so I was extremely disappointed. If you are looking for a book that only outlines making soap from scratch, then this book is for you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed Feb. 21 2013
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I bought this book through the recommendations of soap queen and I was looking for palm free I think it is our responsibility to stop using palm oil there is no way of tracing it from a so called responsible farmer while these beautiful harmless animals are being wiped out . They are 97% the same make up as us what gives us the right to murder these animals for oil. Just wrong and so very sad .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alicia has done it again! June 26 2007
By Laurel Dawson - Published on
I've been an artisian soaper for over seven years. I found this book wonderful! Very well written with up-to-date 21st century information. The essential oil section is especially useful for knowing which essential oils that "come through" in cold process or hot process soap. I had to learn most of this the hard way through trial and error, and spending alot of money on research.

There is so much information in this book that was very well researched and a great benefit to the soap maker at any level. There are several techniques that are simplified from other books and information on the internet such as liquid soapmaking in a slow cooker.

There are discussions of soap casting, making geodes, swirling, gemstones, hand milling, and so much more to make this a VERY complete discussion of soap making.

Once you have mastered soap making and want to start selling, Alicia has added a very well written section on selling. Where to sell how to sell and useful information on what to expect when selling.

The only drawback is that the publisher did not use color photographs and add more of them to the book. This really would have enhanced the overall quality of the book if they had used all of Alicia's photos and in color.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Everything Soapmaking Book April 2 2007
By Terri Mcgavock - Published on
I have read 6 other Soap Making Books in the past 6 months and this one puts them all to shame. Superbly written, concise information, not a bunch of information that is useless. Explains the different properties of the oils, EO's and benefits of each. Helps you to become a truly gifted soap maker.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition June 9 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "The Everything Soapmaking Book" offers the non-specialist general reader with a complete and easy-to-follow guide for making and creating all manner of soaps ranging from simple bath soaps to lovely and aromatic gift soaps. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Everything Soapmaking Book" takes the aspiring soap maker through every step of the process of making soap, including buying the right kind of soap making equipment, securing the proper ingredients, developing unique soap recipes, packaging soaps for holidays and special occasions, adding scents and colors, and the artistic techniques to make soaps in unique shapes and sizes. "The Everything Soapmaking Book" is enthusiastically recommended for anyone of any age wanting to try their hand at making soaps for themselves, their family, or their friends!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just "meh" Oct. 23 2008
By Nymeria - Published on
Some people really, really love Alicia Grosso's style and other books. I do not fall into that category, apparently. I ordered this book because of the reviews here and the promise of wonderful recipes and I was pretty disappointed. I would not recommend this book to others, but if pressed I would say it is definitely more for fans of Alicia Grosso. My problems with the book boil down to three key issues:

1) Grosso tries to fit too much into one book. She tries to cover cold process, hot process and melt & pour in ONE book which makes it a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none sort of thing. Because she tries to fit so much in one book, it feels like she is leaving things out. I feel a lot of her descriptions and explanations have a "Well you know what I mean" sense to them. Therefore I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginner soapmaker.

2) It is poorly laid out. I like to have information in one section and recipes in another. This book flows like a stream of conscience which makes it hard when you just want to flip to find a recipe.

3)(and most importantly) The recipes are paltry at best. For instance in the CP section she gives you ONE base recipe and then just sort of builds off of that, and not in a meaningful manner. She adds lavender oil in one. In the next she adds lavender and something else. To me that means she put in ONE recipe and then offers suggestions for variations. The HP section is similar. I'm not sure how a book that really only contains 1 or 2 distinct recipes per section gets such high ratings.

Personally when it comes to soapmaking I recommend Anne Watson's "Smart Soapmaking" or Susan Miller Cavitch's "The Soapmaker's Companion." They are just better all around.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite beginner book for soaping March 28 2012
By DuhBe - Published on
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When I was learning to make soap - I read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on. Every book at the library and bookstore, and every website and forum I could find - I read them. I was obsessed.

This book has the most complete instructions and ideas for making soap out of all the others out there. So if you're only buying one soapmaking book - this is the one I would suggest. There are other good ones - but this one covers areas like fragrance and color options better than most. She also tells you specific suppliers where you can find some ingredients which is very helpful to beginners. Whether you want all-natural soaps or if you're OK with some synthetic ingredients - you can do both with this book whereas other books limit your options and don't give more info on natural ingredients. Although this book won't teach you everything there is to know about soapmaking - it will give you the best foundation over the other books available and help you decipher confusing information you might see on the internet.

I'm an experienced soap maker now and I sell my soaps to a happy group of fans, but I will still refer back to this book sometimes for inspiration and ideas. Her writing style is very comfortable and it's easy to get absorbed and just keep reading.
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