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Paperback The Natural Soap Book : Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps Book

ISBN: 0882668889

ISBN13: 9780882668888

The Natural Soap Book : Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps

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Making your own soap is fun, easy, and rewarding. In this introductory guide, Susan Miller Cavitch shows you how to craft your own all-natural, wonderfully smelling soaps. Illustrated directions take you through the whole process, from buying supplies to cutting the final bars. With easy-to-follow recipes that range from classics like oatmeal and honey soap to more adventurous combinations using goat milk and borage, you'll be inspired to make uniquely...

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Good foundation!

I've been making cold process soap and selling the results to consumers for six years. I find The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps - by Susan Miller Cavitch to be an excellent foundation. * I'd like to point out the recipes are very large and reducing the values of lye/fat/water tend to be a little complex.

A very thorough and useful book

This is _the_ book to acquire if you are planning to make vegetable oil based soap. There's a lot of information packed in this book. It presents all the elements of soapmaking very systematically, and explains the simple chemistry and logic behind the recipes and techniques. It specializes on the best ways to make vegetable oil soap -- which can differ from animal fat based soap. I'm a beginner. I made my first batch last night and it is happily solidifying in the molds as I write. I would buy this book in addition to whatever other soapmaking books you feel inspired to buy, because it covers just about everything and is a really good reference. It includes a large appendix of suppliers and a reassuring table of what to do when things go wrong. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a good description of what "tracing" looks like -- tracing being the sign that your soap is ready to pour into the molds. But, none of the other books I read did either. It's subtle, and I think it's the sort of thing you learn to recognize after you've made a couple of batches. Note that each of the eight basic recipes makes 40 bars of soap, so be prepared to share with friends!! If the amount of info in this book seems a bit overwhelming, beginners might also want to consider picking up a copy of Ann Bramson's book.

Top-notch information for new and experienced soapmakers!

I've been making soap for fun and profit for 3 years and have found this book to be the most informative and comprehensive of any I've read--and I've read a lot! Great recipes, easy-to-follow instructions, and wonderful ideas. This is truly my soapmaker' bible--I use it constantly! This is the perfect start-up book for beginners, as well as a great resource for more experienced soapers.

By far the best Soapmaking Book available

I have now been making soap for two years and this has been my bible. I have never had a recipe flop and the end results have been great. The instructions are clear and Susan Cavitch provides adequate chemical and technical information if you want to start experimenting with other oils/combinations than those listed in the recipes. This book is a must for a beginning soapmaker and a great addition to the serious soapmaker's library.

Cavitch's book is clear, complete and easy to use.

Cavitch provides the beginning soapmaker with an excellent chemical and historical explanation of soap and the soapmaking process. She includes clear, step-by-step instructions for making basic soap recipes, as well as giving the amateur soapmaker tips on customized soaps. She includes an excellent section on trouble-shooting, and other practical suggestions for successful soapmaking. Her reference section is especially helpful, offering a range of soapmaking suppliers and a soapmaking bibliography. Her recipes work, and the soap is great
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