Create beautiful, natural soaps without leaving home!
Ever wonder what's really in your store-bought soap? Once you start making your own soap, you'll never have to wonder again! The Everything Soapmaking Book, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive guide to making all kinds of soap, whether you want to decorate your home or pamper your or your family's skin. Homemade soap is not only an easy project for any level craft lover, but it's beautiful, too!
Completely revised and updated with information on natural and organic ingredients, this easy-to-use guide shows you how to:
Choose the right soapmaking equipment
Blend colors and aromatic scents
Create all kinds of soap, from bath soap to facial cleanser
Make soaps for holidays and special occasions
You'll also learn how to beautifully package your soaps and sell them at farmers' markets, local retail outlets, and online craft sites. With these simple-to-follow recipes, stunning photographs, and expert tips and advice, you'll be a soapmaking expert in no time!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Was recommended to me as a great place to start out, so I bought the book and worked through it in merely a couple weeks and the advice provided was excellent. Moved on to all-natural, organic soapmaking to combine with the natural botanical personal care line we already have. Though most I already knew and I had an advantage with the existing skills and experiences, if I had tried to wing it on my own without this book, I likely would still be toiling away, making dopey mistakes instead of making beautiful all-natural cold-process soaps in only a couple weeks after starting out!
I have read this book cover to cover and I love it. It truly is the Everything Soap Making Book. If you are considering becoming a soap maker then this is your book. It will teach you everything you need to get started. It also talks about the business side of soap making. Just in case you want to make soap making a business, You can't fail with this book.
This is a fairly comprehensive book on soapmaking, including cold process, hot process (crockpot), liquid and cream soapmaking.
I've been making cold process for about a year now, and have already experimented with many of the recipes and swirling techniques. Grosso provides a great overview, but the lack of pictures in the book seems odd. Also, personal quibble: I was surprised to see sections devoted to acne soap and "oily skin" soap in a book which encourages soapmakers to sell. Unless you submit your soap for testing, you can never put a claim on soap saying that it cures or treats a medical condition -- making claims turns your soap into a drug, and I imagine most home-based soapmakers aren't ready to jump through that labeling hoop.
I purchased this book for its section on cream soap (and to a certain extent, liquid soap) -- I haven't yet made up a batch, but I found the directions and explanations to be clear and easy to follow. Just for those chapters,...
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