The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps

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Overview

It's fun to make your own natural soaps at home!

Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her formulas for making high-quality vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin — and free of synthetic additives.

The Natural Soap Book gives you:

• Clear directions and illustrations to guide you step-by-step through the entire process — from buying supplies to cutting and trimming the final bars.

• Recipes for old ...

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Overview

It's fun to make your own natural soaps at home!

Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her formulas for making high-quality vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin — and free of synthetic additives.

The Natural Soap Book gives you:

• Clear directions and illustrations to guide you step-by-step through the entire process — from buying supplies to cutting and trimming the final bars.

• Recipes for old favorites like oatmeal/honey and avocado soaps to Susan's unique recipes for goat milk, borage, and even a tropical shampoo bar.

• Creative wrapping and gift packaging ideas.

• Formulas for exotic specialty scents like Holiday Spice, Sweet Earth, and Southern Summers.

• Profiles and tips from professional soapmakers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882668888
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/8/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 173,239
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Susan Miller Cavitch is the founder and president of Soap Essentials, Inc., a Memphis-based retail mail-order company producing homemade herbal products. She is the author of The Natural Soap Book and The Soapmaker's Companion. Susan lives in Eads, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Part One: Understanding the Basics

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Kinds of Soap

Part Two: The Ingredients

Chapter 2: Characteristics of Oils, Fats, and their Soaps

Chapter 3: Lye and Water

Chapter 4: Scents

Chapter 5: Colorants

Chapter 6: Nutrients

Chapter 7: Preservatives

Part Three: Making Soaps

Chapter 8: Getting Started: Equipment and Supplies

Chapter 9: Recipes

Chapter 10: Diagnosing Signs of Trouble

Chapter 11: Cutting and Trimming

Part Four: Beyond the Basics

Chapter 12: Creative Ideas for Wrapping Soap

Chapter 13: The Chemistry of Soapmaking

Appendix A. Suppliers

Appendix B. Soapmaking Businesses

Glossary: The Language of Soap

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Great book.

    Having decided to make my own soap from all vegetable oils and without any synthetic products (ever read the label on your soap!), I purchased this book. I have never done this before and could not decide which book to buy. This is THE book to buy. It is great. The author explains all the different oils, the nutrients that can be added, natural preservatives to use and the use of essential oils for scenting. She also explains the process with enough detail that the beginner has no problem getting this to work the first time out. One thing though, the author talks about 'tracing' (when the oils start to turn to soap) times of 7-40 minutes. My first batch took 4 hours and was very slow. My second batch 6 hours. The key here to this assumed time is the use of Grapefruit Seed extract in her recipes (labeled as optional!). On my third batch I used the GSE and the soap traced in 7 minutes. What a difference. I thought I was doing something wrong. I was not. I found this tidbit that '...GSE will significantly reduced your trace times...' in another book that I bought. Otherwise the book is great. This is a fun project for the kids too, just exercise the common sense safety with the lye as described in this book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    to "Soaps Made Withy Lye" anon

    to the person who wrote that the book was misleading because she used lye...you cannot make soap, real soap, without it! there is no lye in the finished product, it makes me sad when people don't do their research and post things like that, then they go and buy "natural" usually melt and pour glycerine soap, that is DETERGENT! the soaps made from this book are the best thing in the world for your skin, and the environment.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    Great Soap Guide

    Excellent background on soap-making along with personal stories of individuals making soap for business or personal use. Some of the recipies mix ounces with grams which is a little difficult to convert. However, there are excellent on-line lye calculators that you can use instead of trying to do the math yourself. Excellent launching point!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    Through!

    Sensible and through directions for error free soap from the first batch. Very high quality results!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

    Excellent resource for Healthy Soap-making

    If you can bake a cake, you can make soap. As a biochemist, I find this book easy to read and use, but I believe even one unfamiliar with lab or manufacturing technique will enjoy this book with its simple, down-to-earth instructions, sample recipes, and information on supples. Highly recommend. And in addition, in regards to the process of making soap, it is IMPOSSIBLE not to use chemicals. Chemicals are intrinsic to the soap-making process. This is a "natural" as you are going to get - and it's really good soap too. Minimal ingredients, and addition of scented oils is optional, of course.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

    Soaps Made Withy Lye

    I bought this book because I am trying to make soap without using any chemicals such as lye. This book doesn't do that. It shows you how to make soap WITH lye. I will say that it is good for breaking down the different parts and explaining what they do. This is a good book for beginners, and for people who want to get started. But I feel it is a little misleading if you truly are trying to make healthy soap.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    Got Soap?

    This is a great how to book. I've tried the recipes, and there great!It's everything you ever wanted to know how to make soap.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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