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

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The definitive resource for making vegetable-based soaps from scratch, from buying supplies to cutting the final bars.
ebook, 192 pages
Published June 30th 1995 by Storey Publishing
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Virginia
Before I started making soap, I read this book cover to cover and then went back and re-read several sections. I still use it as a reference, though some of Cavitch's maxims I have found to not apply. But perhaps it depends on what recipe you're using?
Mo Tipton
This book is an excellent introduction to cold process soapmaking, with easy-to-understand descriptions of the various oils and fats, essential plant oils, and natural dyes that can be used to make soap. Cavitch also presents her reasoning for avoiding animal byproducts, synthetic fragrances and colorings, and vegetable products produced with massive amounts of pesticides, all without proselytizing. The instructions are detailed and clear, and the accompanying illustrations are fantastic.

Richard Cummings
Very useful and friendly book. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that all procedural instruction were repeated verbatum with each recipe. Kind of tedious, but maybe a safety consideration. Still, the book would give most anyone the confidence to try making healthy, high-quality, vegetable-based soapmaking at home. There is a "sequel" to this book entitled The Soapmakers Companion which I am reading now. More techniques and recipes for the folks who just want more.
Angela
I am trying to get away from using Chemicals on my skin. I've been making my own facial skin care for a while now and started thinking about the soap that I shower with. So I am embarking on a new hobby of making my own soap. This book was very informative for the novice soap maker. It puts everything at you fingertips and answered all of my questions. It even give you several recipes to get started with and the knowledge to created your own recipes.
Amanda
A very readable how-to book. Full detailed instructions on making soap at home using lye, vegetable oils and other natural ingredients. Good descriptions, scientific explanations, troubleshooting, etc. plus a philosophy I agree with.

I haven't attempted to make soap yet and I'm not sure that I will, but if I try it, I'll follow the instructions in The Natural Soap Book.
Susan
Good, thorough descriptions of soap making ingredients. Cavitch discusses why various types of ingredients are better than others, why certain equipment materials are better than others, etc. She is also not shy about giving her personal opinions. Includes brief stories of several soapmakers and how they got their starts.
Gayle
Made it all seem very complicated. Have seen easier methods. However, I found it interesting and one day I actually will make soap!
Amy
I read just bits and pieces of this...good book and full of detail. Something to pick up later when I am serious about soap making.
Jennifer Marie
This is an older book and a fair amount of stuff has changed but there are some really good basics in here and good information.
Naomi Moore
This is an interesting resource. There is a heavy bias towards natural products and a lot of the information still good.
Marty
Read this one several years ago. First batch of soap was perfect. Just read it again for tips for the next batch.
Angela Joyce
This makes soap making seem quite achievable.
Janette Boren
another great book for making soap.
Katie
All about soap making.
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