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Making Natural Liquid Soaps: Herbal Shower Gels, Conditioning Shampoos, Moisturizing Hand Soaps, Luxurious Bubble Baths, and more

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Using a simple double-boiler technique, readers will make elegant and soothing liquid soaps. Dozens of recipes using oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients to create hand soaps, shower gels, bubble baths, conditioning shampoos and even baby and pet shampoos.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 15th 2000 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published March 20th 2000)
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Not sure if I'll ever bother to make liquid soap. The process seems more tedious than I'd imagined. The instructions in this book are clear with some photos to illustrate what the process should look like; however, I found all of the stock photography in the book to be distracting. I'd rather see exactly what the soap looks like rather than an 'inspiring' image of some fancy soap pump bottles or a lady washing her hair.
I thought this was good and interesting, but I've found easier ways to make liquid soap in other books. Using the potassium hydroxide or whatever sounds like a real headache, mostly because I don't want to track it down. THe book was good for what it is, though.
Kathryn Fanestiel
I found this book to be a pretty comprehensive guide to making liquid soap. Several Amazon users had mentioned that the book was confusing in their reviews. However, I have a background in Science, so fortunately everything was relatively familiar. I will definitely follow some other users suggestions for checking out blogs to learn different methods.
Jennifer Kleffner
While this book is considered "the bible" on liquid soap making, and does contain some essential information to understanding the process, it has its drawbacks. The way it is organized is maddening. You have to flip back and forth between different sections to figure out how to neutralize your soap, or how much you should dilute it. A lot has been learned about the process since this book has come out, including the "glycerine" method, where the lye (KOH) is dissolved into hot glycerine instead ...more
Basically the only decent source available on liquid soapmaking, so it's the best by default.
Some really good recipes. Could follow how to make the liquid soaps. Pretty complicated, but the book made it possible for a novice liquid soap maker to succeed.
Good book about soap making however if you are not familiar with it then some of her technical talk will lose you but good information and good recipes.
An excellent resource. Failor's explanations are detailed but still accessible. She provides recipes, but also explains how to design your own.
I'm looking forward to trying to make liquid hand soap for the hubby, though we use bars for everything else...
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