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Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  54 reviews
The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life's little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it's easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. ...more
Spiral-bound, 240 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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This is, by far, one of the best books on the subject published today. Comprehensive, beautifully presented, lavishly photographed, and suitable for beginner to advance soap makers. Designed like the highest quality cookbooks, directions are simple and very easy to follow. This is a one-stop, everything included manual for the hobbyist or enthusiast.

The first section of the book details the soapmaking process: choosing
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I've made soap a few times over the years, as a result of my "have to try every craft ever" scatter-brained mind, but am definitely not an expert by any means. This book is written for beginner soap makers, but I think it would be a handy guide for any soapmaker.

The book includes:

Soapmaking Process and Equipment
Step by Step Cold Process Soapmaking
All about Oils and Using Herbs
Scenting Your Soap
Making your Own Recipes
The book talks about the science behind soap making - which the geek in me
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leatherworking
Actual Rating 4,5 Stars

Was quite disappointed that ALL of the recipes still use Lye-Water... Other than that, a very good directory of recipes and information for soap makers.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Who would of thought that there were so many books on soap making?
I thought this was very informative and Im really glad I read it before trying to make soap. It was easy to understand and I learned a lot for this little gem!
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, Meticulous, And I Can't Wait To Try These Soaps! Publishers Description
The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of lifes little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, its easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple Castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing
David Joseph  Mikels
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well wrote and useful book on soap making focused mostly on the use of using oils in the soap making process. I'd enjoy owning the hard cover for my collection.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

Pure soapmaking is a great addition to the soap book I already own.
I specially love the chapter about oils. It really goes into detail and describes the oils and their properties (some of which are already in my kitchen cupboard).
In addition, the recipes in the book are very creative and the presentation of the soaps is simple yet very fetching.
The recipes are easy to follow and the photos make the process even more clear.

Since my my
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Its good but I work in grams. So unless u have the patience to calculate and convert all the measurements from ounces to grams then dont get this book. ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

*I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I wish I would have had this book when I started my own soap-making voyage years ago. It's a hobby I've been meaning to return to, a surprisingly enjoyable pastime.

This book is detailed and almost perfect - it not only lists a generous amount of recipes at the back, but they all use different oil combinations, and each shows different decorating, swirling, and neat techniques for decorating effect. I couldn't ask for more on this
Arec Rain
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Soap making is something I have recently become interested in so imagine my delight when I saw this book on Netgalley. I was even more thrilled that my request as accepted. I had to download an app to be able to read it, but boy it was worth it!

For someone who has never made soap in her life and knows nothing about soap making, this was the absolute best book to start with. It describes everything from the tools you will need to
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings. Much of the information before the recipes is very useful, and i felt very prepared to start a simple recipe, of which i chose the one with the least amount of ingredients. Not sure how it turned out yet, since its still curing, but it set up so thats a good sign. There are a few moments (in fairly unimportant areas like how to make infused oils, and using teas) where i was scratching my head saying no, no way, not like that but to each their own i suppose. A big gripe of mine ...more
Nina Mansir
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very straightforward and scientific in its approach to teaching the art of soap making. The serious tone helps to emphasize the importance of safety and a clean working environment. The in-depth explanations of each additive give you the tools necessary to be as simple or complex as youd like. The pictures and techniques described round out the instructions well so that every soap maker can make their own unique designs.

While I enjoyed the tone of the book, I feel like it could have
Sarah Eyre
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners, reference guide for established crafters
Shelves: craft
This is a good, solid beginners' manual on creating soap using the cold- process method. It covers most techniques, from embeds to using milks and teas as well as additives likes herbs and clays. I purchased this on Kindle during a really excellent sale, but I'm considering re-purchasing in paperback or hardcover now that I've seen it on shelves- the print photography is really excellent in the print version!

The first section of the book is dedicated to technique and safety: equipment and
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, diy
I have already taken classes on soapmaking so it was a very useful guide that worked as a reminder and of course I learned many new things. It doesn't go into detail about the soapmaking process itself and it's specifically about cold-process bars, but it gets to the point without leaving out important information. Can't wait to try the recipes! Oh! And I also loved the diversity in the ingredients used. I wasn't sure if I wanted to try a wine bar, but I'll definitely try it now!
John G Palazzo
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for the beginner

I will be using this book as a reference for quite some time. Great for the beginner that wants to progress to more difficult tasks.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creative designs, clear instructions, great photos

A great book for beginner to intermediate soapmakers who seek for recipes of natural ingredients and additives in their soap.
Catie  Ewing
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-home
An excellent book on cold-process soap making! It doesn't have enough goat milk recipes for my taste, but that's just personal preference.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Looks like some great recipes and easy to use for a beginner. Definitely one I would buy.
Christie’s Books
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Very good

I very much enjoyed the techniques shared by Anne-Marie. She is certainly a genius when it comes to making soap!
Beautiful images and creative recipes for natural soap products. I am crazy excited to try them out!
Christina Sherwood
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read if you want to learn about making your own soap.
Stephanie Phillips
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Wow - awesome book full of great ideas for soap blends. Info presented in a very usable way.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I made one of the soaps from this book so far and it broke down a very involved process into manageable steps. The photos are awesome and I like that so many steps are illustrated. The writing is clear and, unlike many instructional books, complete. There is enough information here that I feel I can experiment with my own recipes. It's a hardcover spiral bound and after many, many page turns still working well. I wasn't even looking to make soap but came across the book while browsing. Now I ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pure Soapmaking, How to Create Nourishing, Organic Skin Care Soaps,  Anne-Marie Faiola
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Genre:  non fiction
I was introduced to soapmaking last year by an online friend. she'd set up a website for her hand made soaps. I didn't want to go that far - it involves lots of testing and paperwork to ensure recipes approved before sales.  I found the process fascinating though, and the sample bars she sent me were fabulous, not drying on my skin as conventional soaps
Janis Hill
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Storey Publishing for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

I have had an interest in soap making for some time as I buy homemade soap, rather than a mass made chemical brick and I have to say Pure Soapmaking has given me a much greater respect for my soap maker!

What an amazing and inspiring book. And such a well written and fact filled tome it is too. I knew making your own soap was tricky and you needed to be very dedicate to doing it but
Cynthia Corral
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review, and although the publish date is not until early 2016 at this time, I am afraid I will forget to write the review so I must do it now. Plus, it is available for pre-order on Amazon for $15 at this moment, and *Spoiler Alert!* it's totally an amazing book that you should look into as a post-Holiday gift.

I wanted to take a look at this book because I LOVED the cover, and I figured if I can make soap like what's on the
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Soap making is something that I've always wanted to try doing. I've recently started doing wax and candles, and I was happy to get a chance to read this one. I think it's a pretty good guide.

The photography is what makes this book stand apart. It's so high definition, and so pretty. It's easy to become motivated to learn the craft when you flip through all the soap goodies that Faiola demonstrates in this book.

There's also photos for each step. Each "recipe" (is that the word when it's not
Sharon Tyler
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing Natural Skin-Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola is a currently scheduled for release on February 9 2016. This is a great starter and instruction guide that explains the benefits and details of making your own cold process soaps. The book offers complete instructions, including the science and safety precautions needed. There are 32 recipes that range from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. There are photographs ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I've been fascinated by the idea of making soap for a long time. Longer than back when I worked at Lush. (And no, it wasn't Fight Club that made me start thinking about it. It was getting handmade soap as a present.)

Having always been a crafty sort of person, I love learning how things are made and if I can make them myself.

Sometimes this goes well -- I
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
"Pure Soapmaking" is a step-by-step guide to making cold-process, natural ingredient soaps. You will be using lye to make solid soap bars. The recipes made about 9 to 20 soaps, so the book is intended for people making soaps to sell or give away rather than just personal use. She mentioned things to consider when selling your soap. These recipes don't use synthetic fragrance oils or dyes. We're told how the various oils and natural additives (for coloring, fragrance, etc.) will affect the final ...more
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