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The Complete Soapmaker: Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Luxurious Handmade Soaps
The Complete Soapmaker: Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Luxurious Handmade Soaps
by Norma Coney
Edition: Paperback
39 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and misleading ESPECIALLY dangerous for beginners, Feb. 17 2003
One of many soapmaking books I purchased when beginning soapmaking. Thankfully, it isn't the first one I actually used. She warns on page 34-- "don't make the mistake of adding the lye to the water" when the correct method is EXACTLY the opposite --or a SERIOUS explosion/reaction can happen. The recipes are also very "lye heavy" and she confuses "handmilling" with what soapmakers term "rebatching". I'm very concerned that this book comes highly recommended on many web sites for beginners to soapmaking. There are many better books out there that are much more informative AND accurate!! Hot and cold process soapmaking isn't teribly difficult and very rewarding, but when working with caustic chemicals, one should be well-informed. This book could seriously mislead someone.

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