How to make cold-process soap (soap from scratch) using only natural fragrances, colorants, and texture additives
Information on different kinds of oils and botanical additives and the special properties they give to the soap
How to make soap with layers, swirls, soap nuggets, and confetti
Includes 12 special soap recipes--oatmeal, milk, and honey soap; gardener's hand soap; all-natural shampoo bar; and more--along with tips for creating your own natural recipes
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OK, up front I'll confess, I haven't tried her recipes yet. However she gets points for doing something only one other author has done that I have seen. She not only tells you how to figure out how much lye per different types of oils (which many books do) but she also tells you how to calculate how much water you will need to use when formulating your own recipes. This piece of info has been missing from (I think) every other book I have seen on soap making. She gets special points for that. I will add an addendum to this review once I try her recipes.
I'm sorry though, I had to take off points for telling her readers that a dust mask will protect you from lye fumes/vapors. It most certainly will not. As an experienced soap maker I can tell you that you need to invest in protecting the health of your lungs, and nasal passages by buying the best Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge/P100 (no number below P100) Filter mask that you can buy. They aren't that expensive. I am...
This is a perfect book for a begginner soap maker who is committed to natural soaps. Easy to follow the instructions, good receipes and nice photos. Even it is easy to understand superfatting which seemed to be very complicated to me before I read this book.
It has all the info for each oil and why to use it, it covers natural colorants and add-ins, it has some recipes, swirling and cutting techniques, and saponification, super fatting and infusion details.
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