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The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques Know-How
In this comprehensive guide, Susan Miller Cavitch covers everything you need to know to make your own soaps. Learn the basic techniques for crafting oil-, cream-, and vegetable-based soaps, and then start experimenting with your own personalized scents and effects. Cavitch provides tips for making more than 40 different specialty soaps, showing you how to design colorful m ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published January 7th 1997 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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I originally gave this book for stars, due to its comprehensive nature and relatively easy instructions. However since then, I have read Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola, and would definitely recommend that book over this one. The advantages to Soap Crafting are the full-color pictures and wider range of possibilities presented for coloring and fragrances. Someone else mentioned Cavitch's "preachy tone" when it comes to using "all natural" ingredients, which I also found annoying, and which gr ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Crafty Women
Yes you too can make soap. If you can cook and follow the directions its fairly easy. I didn't at first and had a couple of flops that were comical. I used olive oil and it came out very nice. Fun too!
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making their own soaps at home with as few chemicals as possible. As Cavitch is very interested in natural soap making, most of these recipes are alao good for those wishing to make historically based soaps. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. She does get into further chemical details for those who are interested. The book is somewhat dated with her explanation of the internet and selling/conecting via that medium, and it is written ...more
I read this right after reading Cavitch's first book. I wasn't too pleased with the first book and I'm happy to say this one is better,though not the best. The preachy tone, unsupported claims and messiness of the first was cleaned up. The recipes were also cut down from 40 bar batches to 12 bar batches which is more practical. However massive sections were the same, so much so it seems more of an updated edition instead of a separate book. The first book felt more like a book brief and this fel ...more
Best book I've ever found on how to make soap, a break-down of the chemical process, and how to make your own recipes. Susan is the expert. She must have made 1000's of recipes to get these down right and all of her know--how in the "What Went Wrong" section. I not only learned to make soap from this book I now create my own recipes each time having fun with my own trial and error experiments. My best bars are, however, when I follow her recipes exact, or do only slight variations. I love handma ...more
I think this book was much more informative than Susan Miller Cavitch's first book "The Natural Soap Book". This book is pretty detailed and great for beginners and experienced soap makers alike. I'm pretty picky though and my search still continues for unique soap recipes. This book got me off on a good start; not to forget to mention I also had wonderful ladies from my church teach me hands on soap making, but now I need just a soap recipe book.
Ok. So, I'm going to make soap. This book was super informative. Along with watching tons of you tube videos and reading this book, I actually think I can do it. I appreciated that the book explained, very technically, WHY fat plus sodium hydroxide made soap. I can now add "saponification" to my vocabulary. I'll update when I actually MAKE the soap - it may change my rating. ;)
For the advanced soapmaker. Includes more complex soap recipes and delves into real science. Extensive lists of natural additives and somewhat daunting narrative of legal and administrative aspects of running a soapmaking business. Excellent troubleshooting section.
I've wanted to make soap for a long time and so many sources say that it's easy but I've never really believed it. After reading this book, I finally feel that I can pull it off. Once I find my thermometer, I'll make soap! I'm so excited to finally understand the process.
There's a lot of information in this book. Some of it can be overwhelming if you don't already understand some basics. Also some of the information is kind of outdated. That said there are still some parts that I have marked for reference because they are good and helpful.
Nov 27, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I didn't give this one a thorough read-through because it's more about cold process soap, but it looks comprehensive. I plan to come back to it when I progress a little more in the hobby.
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