The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How

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Basic soapmaking instruction and specialty techniques like marbling, layering, and making transparent and liquid soaps.

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Overview

Basic soapmaking instruction and specialty techniques like marbling, layering, and making transparent and liquid soaps.

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Editorial Reviews

Houston Chronicle
"The Soapmaker's Companion will teach you everything you need to know about making liquid soap; laundry soap; marbled soap; transparent soap; multicolored, layered soap; and more."
The Herb Companion
“…a must-have book for anyone interested in soapmaking.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882669656
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 83,566
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.81 (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

Preface

Introduction

Part I - Soapmaking in the Kitchen

Recipes

Chapter 1. Recipes for Vegetable-Based Soaps

Chapter 2. Special Techniques

Chapter 3. Making Transparent Soaps

Ingredients

Chapter 4. An Overview of Soapmaking Oils

Chapter 5. Using Natural Colorants

Chapter 6. Creating Scents from Around the World

Practical Know-How

Chapter 7. Determining Soapmaking Temperatures

Chapter 8. Diagnosing Signs of Trouble

Chapter 9. Answers to Soapmakers' Most-Asked Questions

Part II - Soapmaking in the Library

Chapter 10. Resins

Chapter 11. Minerals and Clays

Chapter 12. Saturated versus Unsaturated Soap Formulas

Chapter 13. The Chemistry of Soapmaking

Part III - Soapmaking in the Marketplace

Chapter 14. Soapmaking Online

Chapter 15. Starting a Soap Business

Chapter 16. Insuring Your Business

Chapter 17. Federal Regulation of Soapmaking

Appendix

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    No error soapmaking

    Excellent book for soap makers of any level. Every recipe turns out perfect because of the information available with this resource. The 'trouble shooting' is invaluable--read this because it has all kinds of hints about things not to do. I have tried most of the recipes in this book and every one has been an outstanding success. Detailed information about skin conditions has been a wonderful help for members of the family who have hives and other skin problems. This book is the best.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Handbook Must!

    If you are a serious soap maker, this is a must have book well worth the investment. In the Soaper community, I being one myself, personalimpression.com. I don't know of one "Soaper" who does not have this book! I started my business and gained much insight from within its pages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Excellent book - Truly a soapmakers companion

    The best part of this book is that it is difficult to outgrow. There is useful and detailed information for both the beginning and advanced soap maker. I have not found a better book on soapmaking.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    EXCELLENT!!

    I had never created soap before and have started with this book. If you are a newbie! this is the book to go with. Thanks, Nini

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Make cool soap, become a soap nerd

    This is the best book I have read so far on the subject. There are lots of good recipes and lots of good, SPECIFIC advice. And, all the science of soapmaking you will ever need to know.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Loews it

    A complete beginners and advanced book in one. You'll never run out of ideas.

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