The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps Paperback – Jan 8 1995
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From the Back Cover
Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her formulas for making high-quality vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin -- and free of synthetic additives.
The Natural Soap Book gives you:
* Clear directions and illustrations to guide you step-by-step through the entire process -- from buying supplies to cutting and trimming the final bars.
* Recipes for old favorites like oatmeal/honey and avocado soaps to Susan's unique recipes for goat milk, borage, and even a tropical shampoo bar.
* Creative wrapping and gift packaging ideas.
* Formulas for exotic specialty scents like Holiday Spice, Sweet Earth, and Southern Summers.
* Profiles and tips from professional soapmakers.
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Top Customer Reviews
Last year when I decided to try it again I carefully avoided this book and went in search for something helpful and informative. I came up with 'melt & pour soapmaking' by Marie Browning. That book is absolutly amazing! It dosen't get into making soap from scratch, but it is a wonderful way to ease yourself into this hobby. I highly recomend it to all beginners & advanced soapmakers alike. It's simple yet detailed & an easy, fun read. In contrast this book makes the whole process seem more complicated than it ever should be.
Now that I know what I'm doing, and I feel completely confident in my craft I've gone back to this book and I've found that it really does have quite a bit of useful knowledge. It's too bad that it's not writen in a very user-friendly manner. Overall what I'm saying is that it contains good information, but there are way better soap making books out there for you to spend your money on. And if your new to soap making don't even consider this one!
In the Introduction she gives some basic chemistry of soap lessons which are very easy for the non chemist to understand. Then she goes on to explain different types of soap, different fats and oils what when you might want to use each. All through the beginning are charming, little stories about real soap makers and their businesses. What a nice touch.
This seems to be a very well thought out book with just oodles of information on just about every aspect of making soap. She's even included a small section on blending essential oils and give some suggested blending for certain scents.
The coloring section isn't as lengthy as I think it could be, but it is a good start for the beginner, especially for those who want to start using herbs for coloring soaps.
I can't say I agree with Ms. Cavitch on her temperatures explanation. But that does seem to be more of a preference thing. She feels that vegetable soaps made over 95 degrees F are problematic, but I have never found that to be the case. Actually... I have found the opposite to be true.
Weighing your essential oils in advance as she suggests you do in Step 1, is going to give you a problem unless you tightly seal it. I learned right away that they will evaporate into the air. What you weighed out before you started stirring will be partly gone by the time you use it! She does however, later in another section, mention that you should tightly seal the container.
A picture, an actual photograph, of what 'trace' means would be nice. Would it kill these authors to say something like, "thick like pudding"?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It arrived after the sequel which I enjoyed but really needed thios one to fully understand the second one. These are both useful for my future plans,Published 14 months ago by Darlajean Harlow
Very awesome book and also very informative about everything you need to know about making soap!!! It a great read !!Published on May 16 2014 by Shakira Degre-Grand-Soul
si on a deja the soap companion par le même auteur on peut se passer de celui ci, plusieurs choses reviennent... Read morePublished on April 21 2010 by Marie Josee Lortie
As a soapmaking beginner, I found this book to be very helpful. It gives a good grounding in the basic knowledge, chemistry etc. Read morePublished on March 21 2008 by Susan W
If you are looking for an solid foundation of information for the cold-process method of soapmaking, get this book and its companion, "The Soapmaker's Companion" by the... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002 by A. Kulcsar
This book gives the new soap maker lots of ideas and suggestions to get started. You will learn all the basics to craft soap. Read morePublished on April 2 2002
I love to make soap for my family and to sell. I find "The Natural Soap Book" to be a great disappointment. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2001 by Stephanie Rose Bird
Very good, informative and explicit. The only flaw that I found is that the recipies are not appropiate for a beginer in soapmaking since these ones are too big. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2001 by Elagetaina
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