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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Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sensible and through directions for error free soap from the first batch. Very high quality results!
Backyard_Scientist More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.