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
Aaron Shepard and Anne L. Watson are a husband and wife writing team. Aaron is the award-winning author of many retellings of folktales and world classics for young readers. His books include The Legend of Lightning Larry and The Sea King's Daughter. Anne is a novelist. They live in Olympia, Washington.
Wendy Edelson (Saturn for my Birthday) illustrated the first of many books, "Whose Garden" at the age of 18. Since then she has divided her time between illustrating children's books and "grown-up" books, and working on advertising and editorial projects. All of Wendy's illustrations begin with very detailed pencils drawings and are then painted mostly with watercolor with the addition of occasional bits of colored pencil and pastel the painting is definitely her favorite part! Wendy, her husband, and 4 cats currently live on an island in the Pacific Northwest. A corgi puppy will hopefully be joining the family soon!
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Top Customer Reviews
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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Helped me a lot learning the process of cold process soap making for 1¢, which is unbelievable!
Absolutely love this book and the author. The knowledge shared by the author is extremely useful, helpful and clealy written.Published 6 months ago by Unique