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Publisher: Thrive Press (www.thrivepressbooks.com) (November 8, 2013)
Publication Date: November 8, 2013
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I make homemade soap from scratch, liquid and bars, and was looking for some additional recipes. The recipes in this book uses ready made soap bars and ready made liquid soap to create the recipes.
The book doesn't explain enough about liquid soap. It lacks in introducing the various processes and reasoning. Why do I need to use Borax? How much Borax do I use? How to I split my calculated water into three stages? Why do I use -13 as super fattening number and 8 a total oil in the soap calculator? It explains how to calculate the oils using a soap calculator, but fails to explain how to calculate neutralizers. It only focuses on Borax as a neutralizer. The recipes are not crafted for beginners, but require non-beginner ingredients like HEC thickener or Optiphen NP preservative. I would not recommend this book.
I have made liquid soap in the past, and I must say some instructions can be very confusing. This book is wonderful, very easy to understand, and Summer has included a ton of wonderful recipes that are great for a newbie and an experienced soaper alike. She even has links to suppliers, INCI labeling lingo and an easy to follow guide on using the Soapcalc. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making liquid soap!Tina StalterOttawa, Canada
This book includes some nice basic recipes and clear instructions for making liquid soap. The problem is that, after my experience, you can see this author built the recipes and never tested them. 1: When you add HEC to warm water it thickens into an unusable clump. It has to be blended into a small Amount of cold soap, then into whole batch of warm soap. 2: if you add natural lavender buds to liquid soap, they react to the ph and turn a murky brown. I hope these tips help with your soaping experience.
This book was really easy to follow. I got another book around Christmas that I still don't really understand. But this one was actually written for beginners. It is a book that takes you through ingredients and weighing them to melting oils to putting in a "lye" mixture and cooking it in the oven till it forms a paste then neutralize The soap and get it ready to use. If you are looking for a book that uses premade bases this isn't the book for you.
When I first made liquid soap I followed the recipe of someone else. I then believed all I needed was soap calc to formulate my own recipe of liquid soap. My thought was completely false. This book helps the beginning liquid soap maker to make a great liquid soap and also has recipes and suggestions for additives.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.I found this book very easy and also fast to read. I have been making my own laundry detergent for about 4 months now and this book made me excited to try my hand at soap making. It looks so easy that I wanted to start it right away. Too bad it is midnight or I might have started.
This book makes liquid soapmaking seem ever so simple. It is broken down in small steps which helps the liquid soapmaking newbie (such as myself) understand the process so much better than some other over complicated liquid soapmaking books. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for some glaring grammatical errors. For example, in every single recipe on step 9 it says "past" instead of "paste". Some may be able to overlook this, but not I. It's just hard for my to believe that an editor overlooked this and other grammatical errors. Overall though, a GREAT book. Happy soaping!
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