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

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

by Susan Miller Cavitch


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Making your own soap is fun, easy, and rewarding. In this introductory guide, Susan Miller Cavitch shows you how to craft your own all-natural, wonderfully smelling soaps. Illustrated directions take you through the whole process, from buying supplies to cutting the final bars. With easy-to-follow recipes that range from classics like oatmeal and honey soap to more adventurous combinations using goat milk and borage, you’ll be inspired to make uniquely personal soaps that are gentle on your skin and a pleasure for your nose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882668888
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/08/1995
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 512,714
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About 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. She lives in Eads, Tennessee.

Table of Contents



Part One: Understanding the Basics


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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