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The Complete Soapmaker: Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Luxurious Handmade Soaps

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“Provides detailed instructions and recipes for basic lye soaps made with animal or vegetable fats, and for hand-milled and specialty soaps using almond meal, chamomile, glycerin, and milk....Shampoo and liquid are covered as well.”—Library Journal. “You’ll also learn a little something about the history and origins of soap and soap making, fragrance, herbs and natural dye ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 30th 1997 by Sterling
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SJ Waters
Aug 02, 2014 SJ Waters rated it liked it
Oh, this book has pretty, pretty pictures and fantastic soapmaking ideas, such as lettuce soap! Who woulda thought!? That being said, this book is NOT an introductory book for the curious who want to learn how to make soap. No, this book is more about re-batching/hand-milling cold-process soap, which requires a bit more experience: Sodium Hydroxide (lye) will turn many (not all, but many) flowers and certain additives BLACK and ugly, which is why rebatching/handmilling your own soap can be such ...more
Diana Thomsen
Nov 06, 2016 Diana Thomsen rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this to be slightly more advanced than some of the other books I read on the topic, but the list of benefits to each recipe was a wonderful addition. The science is accurate and the recipes are really quite nice, in a simple, farmhouse way. It even explains how to render your own tallow, a gross but very useful skill. The handmilling recipes were lovely and varied, although that isn't something I'm interested in at this time.
Alistair Young
Apr 14, 2010 Alistair Young rated it really liked it
So, seeing as we're now getting into the soap business, I'm doing some reading on my own account to become as familiar with our new division's operational side as Amy is. (And, yes, I am familiar with the principles of saponification, thankyousoverymuch, but there is, as always, a hefty gap between theory and practice.) Thus, among my non-fiction book-logging for the next while, you can comfortably expect to find quite a few soapmaking books.

And this is the first. Well, I quite liked it (althoug
Nov 06, 2010 Melynna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010
I really loved this book. It was clear, concise, and had lots of beautiful pictures. The one biggest drawback is that it only offers one base recipe that doesn't include tallow, but that's not a really big deal to me, since I can get recipes from all over the place or make some up with a good online calculator. This has been my favorite soap book so far.
Dec 14, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: diy-creations
Two words: beef tallow. No thank you.

I got some good ideas, but reading this book mostly made me want to try other books or experiment with internet recipes. So far, so good.
Dec 23, 2010 Jillian rated it really liked it
Seems like a great book, but I didn't try any of the techniques. I'm thinking that making soap is too much work.
Jul 25, 2012 Woodall rated it really liked it
Awesome techniques and recipes. Very thorough instructions and photos to show. Can't wait to try it with some of my garden herbs!
Sep 09, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
this is the other of the two most useful soap-making books i've ever used.
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Very nice soap book - good illustrations. Good picture instructions.
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