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The Soap Book by Sandy MaineStar
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Author: Maine, Sandy
Publisher: Storey Books
Copyright: 1998
Number of Pages: 80
ISBN: 1508170846
Price: $12.95

In a world filled with artificial and synthetic products, this book shows you how to create your own soaps and bathtime luxuries using only natural ingredients and very little specialized equipment. Gorgeous photography and simple, easy-to-follow recipes will inspire you to start right away.

  • Create a soap to suit your own personal skin type
  • Choose from a range of scintillating and mouth-watering ingredients, including peach, cucumber, ylang ylang, cinnamon, pine, peppermint, camomile, lavender, sandalwood, chocolate, goat's milk and many, many, more.
  • Includes recipes for shampoo bars, body splashes, bath oils and foaming bath creams
  • Solve all of your gift problems - with soaps for grown-ups and kids, men and women
  • Plus great ideas for packaging and presenting your finished soaps

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The History of Soap Making
  • Basic Know-How
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Shapes and Sizes
  • Basic Oils and Fats
  • Saponification Chart
  • Rebatching and Recycling
  • Choosing a Scent
  • Textures and Fillers
  • Colorings
  • Recipes
  • Three Basic Soap Recipes
  • Fruit Soaps
  • Floral Soaps
  • Honey and Beeswax Soaps
  • Herb and Spice Soaps
  • Dairy Soaps
  • Castile Soaps
  • Glycerin Soaps
  • Creamy Coconut Soaps
  • Antiseptic Soaps
  • Soaps for the Life in Your Man
  • Special Editions
  • Bathtime Luxuries
  • Hair Care
  • Special Effects
  • Packaging Soaps
  • Troubleshooting Guide
  • Suppliers and Further Reading
  • Index

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Overall rating:  3 out of 5
Reviewed by: Jamie Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006
Location: , NJ

I was very disappointed with this book. The recipes had pretty much the same oil base (a blend of the same 2 oils and a shortening) with a different herb or essential/fragrance oil combo and a couple also have colorants and herbs. Once any beginner makes their first batch or reads their first recipe, anyone could come up with the same ideas on their own for the other recipes that follow. I would prefer different oil mixes so the reader can have an idea of what different oils would produce in different combinations. Also, part of the reason I got the book was for packaging and decorating section. To my surprise, the "cutting, curing, forming, packaging, and decorating" section is LITERALLY less than 2 pages long and this includes a big photo on each of those two pages. If you copied the whole section (photos included) on a regular 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, it could fit on one sheet. If you are looking for a book to inspire creativity or give you more than a couple basic ideas for trying new things, this is probably not the book for you.

Overall rating:  5 out of 5
Reviewed by: Kelly Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Location: Lawton, MI

This book was a gift from someone who knows I make soap. It has good information, great pictures, and recipes that work well. I would recommend this as a second book in soapmaking, not as detailed a reference as others I have. Still a very good book on soaps, though!

Overall rating:  5 out of 5
Reviewed by: Tracy Posted: Friday, August 05, 2005
Location: Lathrop, CA

This book has taught me everything I know, great for new soapers!

Overall rating:  5 out of 5
Reviewed by: Lesa Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2001
Location: Malta, ID

Every receipe I have tried in this book is wonderful! Easy to understand for new soap makers.

Total Number of Ratings Left: 4


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