The Everything Soapmaking Book: Recipes and Techniques for Creating Colorful and Fragrant Soaps (Everything®) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/3/1
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Home soapmaking is not only more economical than buying premade soaps - it's also a lot more fun! With The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition, you will be making homemade soaps for yourself and your friends in no time!
Completely revised and updated, The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition is a complete guide to making all kinds of soap from simple bath soaps to beautiful, aromatic gifts, right in the comfort of your own home. Easy-to-follow steps lead you through the process of making soap, from buying the right kind of equipment to developing unique soap recipes.
The Everything Soapmaking Book, 2nd Edition shows you how to:
- Find the right ingredients and equipment
- Experiment with different types of soap - from basic kitchen soap to the perfect facial soap
- Make and package soaps for holidays and special occasions
- Add special scents and colors to please the senses
- Master artistic techniques for unique shapes and sizes
There are many online soap suppliers out there with a great selection of products to help you be as simple or as involved as you would like with soapmaking. Many of them are listed in the resource section of this book. But there really is no need to spend alot of money here, most of the ingredients needed are available in our kitchen and the grocery store. I did have to order the lye from Amazon because I could not find it at any hardware store in my area. I also used plastic Tupperware containers for my soapmolds! I would also recommend the many Youtube video tutorials out there after you have read the book; I felt that watching these and seeing the soaps made in living color helped me with the learning process but then again, we all learn differently!
I felt like The Everything Soapmaking Book presented soapmaking as an art form that has a learning curve but is very rewarding with endless ways to be creative. I hope the author writes more books on soapmaking, I would like to read some more! Enjoy and "Happy Soaping"!
The descriptions and instructions are very clear and well written. They are easy to follow for a beginner or an intermediate soap-maker.
Now, I have sort of "outgrown" this book and have branched on to making my own recipes, but I will never forget where I learned how to make my first batches.
The reason why I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 is because the book has no pictures or illustrations. Everything must be conveyed through the written word. For some people, pictures could be very helpful with instructions.
Another is the 100% olive oil soap recipe in the book seems to be flawed. I made two one pound batches from this recipe on two different occasions. Both batches were failures. After running the recipe through a lye calculator, I tried a different amount of lye. It cured fine after that. A typo perhaps?
Great book for beginners with tons of information and suggestions for if you decide you really like it and want to get more in depth in soap making. It has a long intro about how to set up and make soap safely that makes it a lot less scary to think about dealing with lye.
Then it goes into small batch cold process recipes, which is what we wanted to start with.
That alone is worth the cost of the book for me because it does explain the process exhaustively and well. But after that chapter it goes into a lot more things like how to make hot process soap and going from hot process to liquid and transparent (not glycerin) soaps. It also has a section on melt and pour soaps and advise on how to use molds.
Then it got into the chapters that really made me think my daughter's question could lead to an obsession for me. Making micro-batches of soaps with single oils to see how the oils behave, how to calculate lye for creating your bars of soap with blends of oils that give the benefits you are looking for. It can be a little intimidating to look at all the science and math, but the author explains it well enough to keep it from being scary and it looks like so much fun.
I got this book in Kindle format and I think I need a paper copy as well. Great book.